The Bears should know some time Thursday whether Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers will play in Sunday's game at Soldier Field.
Rodgers said Tuesday on his weekly radio show on Milwaukee's WAUK-AM 540 that he had his fractured left collarbone scanned again this week with results still being evaluated to determine his status.
"Again," Rodgers said, "probably not what everybody wants to hear. But I can say definitively there will be Thursday, one way or another, a definitive conclusion to this week's unknown."
Rodgers broke his collarbone Nov. 4 when he was sacked by Bears defensive end Shea McClellin. The Packers were 5-2 when he went down. They're 2-5-1 since and will visit Soldier Field with the NFC North title and a playoff berth at stake.
Rodgers' availability, however, may require a longer-term view by the organization.
"I think ultimately it comes down to -- it's big on the medical side -- is the bone healed, or is there a large risk in going back out there that's too great that the organization would not want to put me out there?" Rodgers said. "Obviously, I want to be out there. I know what's at stake."
'Bad ball': Jay Cutler's final completion Sunday against the Eagles made him the Bears' all-time leading passer with 14,687 yards in his five seasons in Chicago. Cutler's final pass, however, resulted in his 74th interception as a Bear and his 11th this season.
That pick came on a short throw to the left sideline toward Earl Bennett that was picked off by Eagles cornerback Brandon Boykin and returned 54 yards for a touchdown.
Boykin jumped the throw after sliding off coverage on Alshon Jeffery in the slot.
"Bad ball," Cutler explained. "They did a good job of altering the route in the slot with the slot guy there. I've just got to put it a little farther up the field."
Of Cutler's 11 interceptions this year, three have been returned for touchdowns and three others have occurred in the end zone.
Stuff happens: Special teams coordinator Joe DeCamillis didn't sense Devin Hester was trying to do too much when he fumbled away a kickoff return early in the first quarter Sunday. Hester, who needs one more return TD to break the NFL's all-time record, delivered a 36-yard burst before Eagles cornerback Bradley Fletcher came from his right and stripped the ball.
Fletcher shed a block by Derrick Martin to create the turnover just as Hester was readying to put a move on Eagles kicker Alex Henery.
Said DeCamillis: "We were going to give our offense a short field there if we can just secure the ball. And Devin's not the only one responsible for ball security, the way I look at it. It's guys finishing blocks and guys making sure that their guy is not there to strip at the end.
"But anytime you get that close to the kicker, that's a successful return. But you've got to give the ball back to your offense, which we didn't do there."
Chicago Tribune reporter Rich Campbell contributed to this report.
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