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Expert would be "shocked" if Cutler couldn't play

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Based on what is known about the concussion quarterback Jay Cutler suffered in the first half of a 17-7 loss to the Giants on Oct. 3, Dr. Mark Adickes, a former NFL player turned orthopedic surgeon, told the Sun-Times that he believes the Bears quarterback will play against the Seahawks on Sunday at Soldier Field.

It should be noted, however, that Adickes has never examined Cutler and is not familiar with the specifics of his case.

"I would be shocked if he couldn't play this week," said Adickes, who hosts "Athlete 360," a sports medicine show on FOX Sports Net.

Cutler missed last week's game against the Panthers after suffering a concussion while being sacked an NFL-record nine times in the first half against the Giants. He was cleared to have limited participation in practice last week only to be ruled out of Sunday's game after undergoing additional tests after Wednesday's practice.

Adickes said that a player may be seemingly symptom free and still test below normal on the computer-based test, which may have been what prompted the Bears to sit Cutler.

"The way things stand now if there is any question whatsoever --- even if an exam is normal --- you're probably going to take his helmet and not let him back into the game," Adickes said. "We're being a lot more conscious now than last year or two years ago. That's a good thing."

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I had this game with/out Cutler at a 17-6 Win. Now with Cutler, having something to prove, Im gonna have to re-think this game alltogether.

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