Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who missed a game after sustaining a concussion, has been cleared by doctors to play on Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.

Cutler began practicing again on a limited basis on Friday after undergoing tests with an independent neurologist, sources close to the team said.

Bears head coach Lovie Smith said the quarterback "has progressed the way we wanted. Another step so he can be evaluated by an independent neurologist. Jay Cutler is improving."

Cutler's first day back at practice was Thursday after sustaining the concussion on Nov. 11 in the Bears' loss to the Houston Texans.

The QB sustained the concussion on a hit by Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins, who was later fined $30,000 by the NFL for the shot on the quarterback. EFE