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Bears' Jay Cutler doubtful, Alshon Jeffery questionable to face Lions

The Chicago Bears listed quarterback Jay Cutler as doubtful (thumb) and wide receiver Alshon Jeffery as questionable (knee/hamstring) for this Sunday’s home game against the Detroit Lions.

Cutler, who did not practice on Thursday or Friday, was replaced by 30-year-old veteran Brian Hoyer. Hoyer completed 30-of-49 pass attempts for 317 yards and two touchdowns (93.7 quarterback rating) in Chicago’s 31-17 defeat in Dallas in Week 3.

“Well I thought he, for the most part, made good decisions,” coach John Fox said of Hoyer. “I think we had a little bit of a shaky start, really as a whole football team, not just him. But other than that, I thought decision-making-wise, I thought he played pretty well.”

Fox continued: “He’s a pro. Even when you’re the backup you’re one play away from being the guy anyway, so you’ve always got to be prepared because you don’t know what’s going to happen in the game. Much like drifting back to the Philadelphia game, where he didn’t get all the week’s reps. Even in that game I thought he went in and did a decent job, stepping in with not all the first-team reps that week in practice. And I thought he rose to the challenge last week.”

Jeffery, who leads the Bears with 271 receiving yards, has been limited in practice.

Meantime, running backs Jeremy Langford (ankle) and Ka’Deem Carey (hamstring), nose tackle Eddie Goldman (ankle) and linebacker Danny Trevathan (thumb) are also doubtful.

Other players listed as questionable include: safety Harold Jones-Quartey (concussion), cornerback Tracy Porter (knee), cornerback Sherrick McManis (hamstring), outside linebacker Willie Young (knee), defensive lineman Jonathan Bullard (toe) and guard Josh Sitton (shoulder).