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NFL's concussion guidelines

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In December of 2009, the NFL adopted a stricter statement on return-to-play procedures following concussions, which may be worth reviewing in the wake of Jay Cutler suffering a concussion in Sunday night's 17-3 loss to the Giants at New Meadowlands Stadium.

What follows was copied from the NFL's website.

"The statement advises that a player who suffers a concussion should not return to play or practice on the same day if he shows any signs or symptoms of a concussion that are outlined in the return-to-play statement. It further states:
"Once removed for the duration of a practice or game, the player should not be considered for return-to-football activities until he is fully asymptomatic, both at rest and after exertion, has a normal neurological examination, normal neuropsychological testing, and has been cleared to return by both his team physician(s) and the independent neurological consultant. A critical element of managing concussions is candid reporting by players of their symptoms following an injury. Accordingly, players are to be encouraged to be candid with team medical staffs and fully disclose any signs or symptoms that may be associated with a concussion."

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One of you alleged journalists shoud interview a neurologist and have them look at the film of the first couple series of offensive plays. Cutler was hit several times before the blitz play where his head smacked into the ground. He looked glassy eyed on the sideline long before that final hit. Have the neurologist opine about when he should have been removed. He appeared to me to be going through the motions on instinct but really had no idea what was going on for much of the second quarter. Meanwhile Cris Collinsworth was attacking him for holding the ball too long. Ya think?

If I was Cutler I would fake the symptoms to avoid having to return to action behind that sad set of turnstiles the Bears call an offensive line. I call them "offensive" for a different reason.

Seriously the offense has been just plain terrible for years now! It is time for a new couch, quarterback and a built up offense and it has been that way for years.loved peppers and love the bears but let's get real here people.

So I guess this means he wont play on sunday against the Panthers?

Jeff, it's the Moron talking here. That's what you called me last week for being concerned about the Bears problems on the line and running game, right? For being worried about Cutler getting hurt and saying I don;t think they are a playoff team because of it. Called me an idiot to right?

Anyway to answer your question, the moron and idiot who clearly does not know as much about the game as you with your great insight on the team. Does know this answer. You do not have to miss a game for a concussion. If he passes the tests he can play. Then it becomes the teams discretion to start him. The Bears are one of the strictest teams in the nfl when it comes to concussions. However if they believe he is ok to start then he will start.

However I say sit him for a week, let him split reps in practice and if they need him to come into the game then bring him in. But the Panthers are not that good and the Bears should be able to handle them without Jay. Should be able to, not saying it's a lock. If the line can't protect against the Panthers you don;t want him out there a week after suffering a concussion, cause you can make it a lot worse. Then again what do I know, the Bears are 3-1 after all, just like last year.

I can't help but wonder when and how the Bears decided Cutler had a "concussion". Was it a convenient way of getting Cutler out of the game without benching him?

Granted, he was getting pounded incessantly. However, the play NBC kept showing of his head "slamming" into the ground did not look very jarring -- despite the breathless pronouncements of the broadcast team.

Perhaps, as others have said, he did have a concussion and got it from an earlier hit. That's certainly possible. Especially with the pounding he was taking.

However, now (Tuesday) we're being told Cutler is fine. I'm not a doctor and don't know how long it takes to recover from a concussion. But, I was suspicious Sunday night about this, and am even more so now with Cutler's almost instant "recovery".

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