Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler returned to practice Wednesday as a limited participant, but seems a long shot to return this week.

"I thought he had a good practice," Bears coach John Fox said. "He was limited. Obviously we're trying to treat him and get him better as we move forward."

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•Saints coach Sean Payton says it's "safe to say" quarterback Drew Brees is going to throw at every practice this week as the quarterback attempts to come back from a right shoulder injury.

•Giants' receiver Victor Cruz's return seemingly is on hold after he was unable to practice Wednesday after feeling some discomfort in his calf. •Colts quarterback Andrew Luck sat out Wednesday's practice off so he could rest his sore throwing shoulder, but is expected to play Sunday.

• Jaguars tight end Julius Thomas (hand) is unlikely to make his season debut at Indianapolis on Sunday.

•Bills coach Rex Ryan says there's a "real possibility" running back LeSean McCoy will not play against the Giants on Sunday because of a hamstring injury.

•The Packers placed tight end Andrew Quarless on injured reserve/designated to return because of a sprained knee.

•The Saints traded defensive tackle Akiem Hicks to the Patriots for tight end Michael Hoomanawanui.