By Danny Cox

On a day when tragedy took center stage, let’s all first have our thoughts go out to all those affected by the horrible occurrences that took place in Newtown, Connecticut. May peace and mercy be granted to you all.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 16:  Ahmad Bradshaw #44 of the New York Giants celebrates his touchdown against the Buffalo Bills during the first half at MetLife Stadium on October 16, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

From there, a lot is going on in the world of professional football and the NFL is gearing up for the playoffs that are set to begin in just a few weeks. Teams are fighting and doing all they can to either solidify their standing in the playoffs, or make any last-minute effort in order to find a way into the postseason.

That’s going to be rather hard for some teams though as the late-season injury bug is biting numerous players.

Lovie Smith says that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler’s knee is just fine

On Friday, Smith came right out and said that there is no problem with Jay Cutler’s knee even though it has been known for some time that both his knee and neck are giving him problems. The Bears’ on-field leader was said to have suffered a mild MCL sprain, but he’s listed as “probable” for Sunday’s game.

Cutler’s been saying all week that he will be ready to go this weekend, and now his coach appears to be on board as well. Even though it’s been reported, Smith straight up has said that “there is no problem with the knee. Jay is good to go.”

Giants Ahmad Bradshaw out versus Atlanta Falcons

Running back for the New York Giants, Ahmad Bradshaw, has officially been ruled out of Sunday’s game with the Falcons. He will join safety Kenny Phillips and cornerback Prince Amukamara on the sidelines due to injury.

Bradshaw sprained his knee this past weekend against the Saints, and had to sit out his usual one-day of practice per week. If really needed, Bradshaw could probably play against the Falcons, but the Giants say it would have been a reach.

LB Clay Matthews expected to play for Pack against Bears

Jay Cutler will be on the field this Sunday for the Bears, but he may come to regret that decision since the Packers expect to have Clay Matthews ready and on the field. The rabid linebacker has missed he last four games due to a bothersome hamstring injury, but he was all-go at practice this week.

A victory over the Bears would cinch the NFC North for the Packers, and having Matthews on the field may give them that added edge they need to do so. The team will watch his reps, but he’s going to at least get back on the field this week.

Cowboys playoff chances are delaying Dez Bryant’s finger surgery

Wide receiver Dez Bryant of the Dallas Cowboys could really use surgery to fix his broken left index finger. The only problem is that the Cowboys are fighting for a playoff spot, and surgery would officially put Bryant on the shelf for the rest of the year. Doing that would mean he’d miss the postseason if Dallas were to get in.

With that being said, Bryant said he will be playing. Unless doctors told him it was impossible, then he’d be out there for Dallas and delay the surgery until the season is officially over.

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Danny Cox knows a little something about the NFL, whether it means letting you know what penalty will come from the flag just thrown on the field or quickly spouting off who the Chicago Bears drafted in the first round of the 1987 draft (Jim Harbaugh). He plans on bringing you the best news, previews, recaps, and anything else that may come along with the exciting world of the National Football League. His work can be found on


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