Bears QB Cutler could play on Sunday
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler was limited in practice Thursday but has met the NFL’s concussion protocol and, barring setbacks, should be able to play Sunday against the Vikings. Chicago will have a new right tackle, with Gabe Carimi benched in favor of Jonathan Scott. Carimi confirmed the team’s decision to bench him . . . 49ers quarterback Alex Smith was cleared medically after concussion testing and returned to practice, but the team plans to start Colin Kaepernick on Sunday against the Saints, according to a team source . . . Eagles rookie Nick Foles will make his second straight start at quarterback in place of Michael Vick, who is recovering from a concussion, Monday against the Panthers, a team source told the NFL Network . . . Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and his wife Ashley welcomed their first child, Benjamin Roethlisberger Jr. on Wednesday night.
RB Wells returns to action for Cardinals
Running back Beanie Wells will be in the Cardinals backfield Sunday against the Rams as Arizona looks to end its six-game losing streak behind Ryan Lindley, a rookie quarterback making his first start. Wells has been out since a Sept. 23 win over the Eagles with what was described as a ‘‘severe turf toe’’ injury, which was the official reason he landed on the NFL’s new injured/designated for return list. But the true benefit was to his right knee, which had not fully recovered after arthroscopic surgery following last season . . . Falcons receiver Julio Jones (right ankle) was limited in his return to practice, while three defensive starters for Atlanta were held out — linebacker Sean Weatherspoon (right ankle), cornerback Asante Samuel (shoulder), and nose tackle Peria Jerry (quadriceps) . . . Broncos cornerback Tracy Porter, out since Oct. 7 as doctors have tried to regulate medication he needs after experiencing similar symptoms to those he felt before having a seizure over the summer, practiced and will travel to Kansas City for Sunday’s game . . . The Chargers home game Sunday against the Ravens will be blacked out in Southern California because more than 9,000 general admission tickets remained unsold 72 hours before kickoff.
NBA admits referees missed late foul
The NBA said that officials Ed Malloy, John Goble, and Violet Palmer missed a foul by Charlotte’s Michael Kidd-Gilchrist against Toronto’s Andrea Bargnani on a jump shot in the final seconds of the Bobcats’ 98-97 victory on Wednesday. The league said Bargnani should have been given two free throws and the clock stopped with approximately 2.4 seconds remaining . . . Morehead State coach Sean Woods faces possible discipline after shouting at and appearing to shove Eagles point guard Devon Atkinson after the senior fouled out with 5:51 left in Wednesday’s 81-70 loss to Kentucky.
Doctors declare Camacho brain dead
Famed boxer Hector ‘‘Macho’’ Camacho is clinically brain dead, according to doctors at a hospital in San Juan, Puerto Rico, but family members have agreed to wait two more days before deciding whether to take him off life support. Dr. Ernesto Torres, director of the Centro Medico trauma center, said doctors have finished performing all medical tests on Camacho, who was shot in the face as he sat in a parked car Tuesday night. Torres said Camacho’s father has indicated he wants his son taken off life support and his organs donated. Ismael Leandry, a longtime friend and former manager, told reporters Camacho’s mother also is wavering on taking her son off life support and would like more time with him.
Donald out to one-stroke lead in Dubai
Luke Donald shot a 7-under-par 65 to lead Rory McIlroy, Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano, and Marc Warren by one stroke after the opening round of the season-ending Dubai World Championship in the United Arab Emirates. Donald saved par on Nos. 1 and 4 with clutch putting, and some accurate up-and-down play helped him make four birdies in a stretch of six holes . . . Goalie Henrik Lundqvist will join New York Rangers teammates and NHL foes from the Philadelphia Flyers and other teams Saturday in Atlantic City, N.J., for a charity game to help people recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Sandy . . . Swiss skier Daniel Albrecht seriously injured his left knee while crashing in training for a World Cup downhill race at Lake Louise, Alberta, and was airlifted by helicopter to Calgary.