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Notebook

Healthy Cutler to start against Lions

– Jay Cutler’s time away proved shorter than the Chicago Bears originally expected.

After missing one game, the quarterback will return Sunday to face the Detroit Lions at Soldier Field after a groin tear suffered Oct. 20. Team officials originally expected Cutler to be out four weeks and then be assessed week to week, but doctors cleared Cutler to play Thursday and he practiced without a problem.

“As soon as I got hurt, I felt like I’d be back quicker than they thought,” Cutler said. “I kind of had that mindset.”

Coach Marc Trestman saw no reason to believe the team is pushing its starter back onto the field too soon.

Cutler does not view his quick return as a gamble. He credited the use of an Athletic Rehabilitation and Performance machine, a device that helps heal soft tissue, with his rapid recovery.

“If I wasn’t back to 100 percent, or if they had any doubts, I wouldn’t have been able to practice today,” he said. “That was the stipulation.”

The Bears had a bye after their 45-41 loss to Washington. Cutler suffered the injury with 10 minutes left in the first half of the Washington game on a sack, and backup Josh McCown completed the contest, then played all of Monday night’s 27-20 win at Green Bay.

Kubiak visits Texans

Houston coach Gary Kubiak paid a visit to his team at the end of practice Thursday, four days after he collapsed at a game with a mini-stroke.

Kubiak was not made available to the media, but interim head coach Wade Phillips said Kubiak told players “that he missed them.” It was the first time Kubiak had addressed the Texans since collapsing on the field and being rushed to the hospital at halftime of Houston’s loss to Indianapolis on Sunday.

Jets player indicted

New York Jets running back Michael Goodson was indicted in Morristown, N.J., on weapons charges stemming from a May 17 traffic stop.

Goodson and Roselle, N.J., resident Garant Evans face a count each of unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of prohibited weapons and devices.

Minnesota protest

Minnesota’s Gov. Mark Dayton and Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak both said the Washington Redskins should change the team’s name.

The Minnesota Vikings played Washington on Thursday night.

Dayton called the nickname “racist” and suggested every member of Congress should boycott the team to put pressure on its owners.

Rybak released a statement saying the name disrespects indigenous people.

American Indian activists and others planned a demonstration Thursday night outside the Metrodome.

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