Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin (ankle) did not practice this week and is considered “doubtful” to play against the Chicago Bears on Sunday. Harvin sprained his ankle in a loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 4, an injury that kept him out of a Nov. 11 win over the Detroit Lions. If Harvin is unable to play, rookie Jarius Wright is expected to see more action against the Bears. Wright caught three passes for 65 yards and a touchdown in his NFL debut against the Lions. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (concussion) was limited in this week’s practices and is listed as “questionable” for Sunday’s game against the Vikings. Cutler will be examined by an independent neurologist on Saturday, which will determine his availability on Sunday. If Cutler is not cleared, Jason Campbell, who is “probable” with a rib injury, will make a second start under center. In addition to Cutler, tight end Kellen Davis is listed as “questionable” with an ankle injury. Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews (hamstring), cornerback Sam Shields (ankle) and safety Charles Woodson (collarbone) have been ruled “out” for Sunday night’s game against the New York Giants, but wide receiver Greg Jennings (groin/abdomen) is “questionable” and could play for the first time since Sept. 30. Jennings has just 12 receptions for 78 yards and a touchdown this season, which is the final year of his current contract. In addition to hurting his market value next offseason, Jennings has lost $175,000 in “per game active” roster bonuses and a $25,000 incentive for being active for at least 12 games this season. The Giants will be without wide receiver Domenik Hixon (ankle) and listed safety Kenny Phillips (knee) and linebacker Keith Rivers (calf/knee) as “questionable”. Like Jennings, Phillips has not played since Sept. 30. Pittsburgh Steelers quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger (right shoulder) and Byron Leftwich (ribs) were officially declared “out” for Sunday’s game against the Cleveland Browns. 37-year-old Charlie Batch will start for the Steelers, with Brian Hoyer serving as the No. 2 quarterback on Sunday. The Steelers also declared right tackle Marcus Gilbert (ankle) out for a sixth consecutive week, but safety Troy Polamalu is only “doubtful” after missing all but 77 snaps this season due to a calf injury. Wide receiver Antonio Brown (ankle) is “questionable”, which could be bad news for a Browns secondary that will be without Dimitri Patterson (ankle) and has Joe Haden at less than 100 percent with an oblique injury. After missing last Sunday’s overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys, Haden is “probable” to face the Steelers after practicing fully on Friday. San Francisco 49ers quarterback Alex Smith has yet to be cleared from his concussion and is listed as “questionable” on the team’s injury report. Jim Trotter of Sports Illustrated reported this week that even if Smith were cleared, the 49ers would start second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick against the New Orleans Saints on Sunday. The Saints will get a key cog of their offense back as running back Darren Sproles is listed as “probable” after missing the last three games following surgery on his left hand. Protecting Drew Brees could be complicated as the Saints ruled out Charles Brown (knee) and listed Zach Strief as “questionable” with a groin injury. If Strief can’t play, undrafted rookie Bryce Harris would start at right tackle against a 49ers’ pass rush that produced six sacks on Monday night, including 5 ½ from outside linebacker Aldon Smith.
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