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NFL says Bears handled Cutler's concussion properly

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01:06 PM ET 11.12 | On Sunday, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler took a huge hit from Houston Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins, but he stayed in the game and finished out the quarter before being ruled out for the final two quarters at halftime. According to the Sun Times, the NFL has said that the Bears handled what is now confirmed as a concussion the proper way. "Our office reviewed it with the [Bears] medical staff and it was properly handled," said NFL spokesman Greg Aiello. "The team followed the correct protocol." It's standard practice for the league to review how a team handled any significant injury, especially concussions. It's unclear if the concussion actually occurred on the huge hit, it just seems to be the most likely of suspects. This could mean that Cutler wasn't showing any signs of a concussion from the hit until halftime, or it could mean that he was injured on a later play that wasn't quite as highlight-worthy.

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November 12, 2012  01:42 PM ET
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Dobbin's should sit out next week's game with Cutler, hand in hand

That would be appropriate, as the Bears play in San Francisco next week.

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November 12, 2012  01:57 PM ET

definitely suspension worthy.

November 12, 2012  01:58 PM ET
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Appropriate why? Because it will be a Monday Night Game of two backup quarterbacks?

I think you missed the whole hand-in-hand / San Fran reference

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November 12, 2012  02:15 PM ET

Crosses the line of scrimmage and the defender is coming for him..then at the lat second throws the ball down field illegally...POW! He gets it in the kisser! Next time Cutler should be aware of where the line of scrimmage is and if he runs past it; either slide or take the punishment. A few plays later he runs again and dives head first...takes another shot. No wonder he got a concussion. Not a smart player; doesn't realize his importance to his team or their season.

November 12, 2012  02:16 PM ET

Crosses the line of scrimmage and the defender is coming for him..then at the last second throws the ball down field illegally...POW! He gets it in the kisser! Next time Cutler should be aware of where the line of scrimmage is and if he runs past it; either slide or take the punishment. A few plays later he runs again and dives head first...takes another shot. No wonder he got a concussion. Not a smart player; doesn't realize his importance to his team or their season.

November 12, 2012  02:21 PM ET

alot of ignorant comments on here right now when you pass the line of scrimmage a high hit is legal he was a runner read the rules people. you guys act like the texans should just let this guy go where he pleases and do what he wants.

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November 12, 2012  02:57 PM ET

Ask Cutler what team he plays for today....DUH Bears! Cross that line of scrimmage against a tough defense...POW!

November 12, 2012  07:13 PM ET

Personally I think that any player who causes an injury with an illegal hit (I am not talking about legal hits that result in injuries) should sit out as long as the player that he injured! Quid pro quo!

November 12, 2012  07:13 PM ET
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Ask Cutler what team he plays for today....DUH Bears! Cross that line of scrimmage against a tough defense...POW!

Taking 3 running steps, which are about 4 more yards after the ball was released toward any player and lowering your head to hit the player with every intent to hurt the player, is not what the league is trying to see happen. you are an ignorant hilljack from the Texas prarie...no matter who hit who for what ever reason, that player should of been playing for free that night with all proceeds going to the NFL. Watch the replays, the NFL will, and we'll see how stupid and caveman like you sound.

November 12, 2012  07:16 PM ET
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This does not allow a lineman to lower his helmet and charge for a hit after the fact. Pull your finger out of your nose junior.

This.

It doesn???t matter where it happened, it was a cheap-**** hit. Hopefully, Dobbins???s next gameday check will be a few $K lighter.

November 12, 2012  07:18 PM ET
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alot of ignorant comments on here right now when you pass the line of scrimmage a high hit is legal he was a runner read the rules people. you guys act like the texans should just let this guy go where he pleases and do what he wants.

Helmet-to-helmet contact isn???t legal.

November 12, 2012  08:08 PM ET
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Crosses the line of scrimmage and the defender is coming for him..then at the lat second throws the ball down field illegally...POW! He gets it in the kisser! Next time Cutler should be aware of where the line of scrimmage is and if he runs past it; either slide or take the punishment. A few plays later he runs again and dives head first...takes another shot. No wonder he got a concussion. Not a smart player; doesn't realize his importance to his team or their season.

He was taking that hit regardless of whether or not he threw the ball. I'm just curious as to whether or not some of these people have reasonable thoughts go through their heads before they type...

And I don't blame the Bears for anything they did. When they came back from the challenge, Cutler ran the exact same play, except he ran hung onto the ball rather than throwing it, and didn't exactly avoid the next (legal) hit.

November 13, 2012  02:05 AM ET
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Helmet-to-helmet contact isn???t legal.

not if they are a runner

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November 13, 2012  09:47 AM ET

I'm not even certain he was over the line of scrimmage when he threw it. That trailing foot was very close.

 
November 13, 2012  02:03 PM ET

DUH BEARS 12...emphasis on DUH! Too many brats in your brain! Defenders tackle runners; they don't expect them to throw the ball after they pass the line of scrimmage. It's a bang - bang play as they say. big hit -yes; unsportsman like - No; look at the tape. There's no intention. 15 yeard penatly...well obviously it was called; so be it. But that's the end of it....except for cry baby DUH Bears 12. But I don't see any NFL fine this week like you said. Go back to shoving Brats down your pie hole...DUH # 12.

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