Bears quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a concussion late in the second quarter of Sunday night's game against the Texans and didn't return for the second half. Before he left, Cutler took a huge hit from Houston linebacker Tim Dobbins on a play in which Dobbins was flagged for unnecessary roughness and Cutler was flagged for an illegal pass beyond the line of scrimmage (see below).
In all likelihood, Dobbins will receive a note from the league office informing him that he's been fined for his actions but the Texans linebacker sees it differently:
“I did not hit him in his head, and actually he ran into me,” Dobbins said according to CSNChicago.com's Jake Flannigan. “I just felt like he was going to take off and run with the ball and I thought he was past the line.”
Cutler left the game briefly after the hit, returned for several more snaps before the half and didn't return to the field after the break. A series of events which led to even more questions after the game.
After illegal hit on Jay Cutler, 4 minutes, 57 seconds passed before #Bears next snap w/o concussion evaluation. 10 Thoughts column coming.— Brad Biggs (@BradBiggs) November 12, 2012
“I knew he came out of the game, but I didn't know he had a concussion,” said Dobbins who admitted he was surprised Cutler's evening ended after two quarters. He's also concerned about that fine.
“I'm definitely worried about it, but I felt like it was clean though,” he said. “I did not hit him in his head and I felt like I didn't lead with my helmet. …
"I was very surprised he went down to the ground, but I hope he is alright though,” he continued. ”He is definitely a tough quarterback.”
The Bears' schedule doesn't get any easier; they face the 49ers next Monday night and then host the Vikings and the Seahawks. Cutler's status won't be determined until later in the week but if he suits up in San Francisco it wouldn't be the first time a quarterback played a week after sustaining a concussion. Redskins rookie Robert Griffin III did it earlier this year and had one of the best games of the season.
If Cutler is sidelined for any length of time, veteran backup Jason Campbell would get the nod. There are worse situations to be in.
"That's why we got Jason. We're better off now than we were last year at this time," linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "Hopefully he'll be back soon. But Jason did a good job. It's a tough situation throwing the ball in those conditions. It can't be easy. I thought he came in and did a good job for us."
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