Now, it's worth wondering if he will have trouble eluding the Packers' pass rush again as Cutler has a sprained medial collateral ligament, according to an NFL source.
The Bears list Cutler on the injury report with neck and knee injuries, and said he was knocked out of the fourth quarter of last Sunday's loss at Minnesota with a stiff neck after a high-low hit from Vikings defensive linemen Everson Griffen and Jared Allen.
Cutler was listed as limited in Thursday's practice and the injury report Wednesday indicated he would not have practiced if the team had. Instead, coach Lovie Smith opted for a walk-through.
The MCL injury two years ago led to a firestorm of unfounded criticism and accusations the quarterback lacked toughness. Cutler has said he will play Sunday against the Packers, and everyone at Halas Hall has indicated he's going to start.
Smith was asked after practice Thursday if there was fear that Cutler's mobility with the knee injury the team listed him as having would be reduced.
"None at all," Smith said. "He practiced without any trouble at all. … He should be fine."
The Packers' pass rush could depend largely on whether or not outside linebacker Clay Matthews, limited in practice the last two days, plays. He has missed the previous four games with a pulled hamstring and still leads the team with nine sacks.
Safety Charles Woodson (collarbone) is out and his absence will limit some of the options the defense has to blitz. Woodson has missed six games. In seven games with Woodson, the Packers had 24 sacks. In six games without him, they have 11.