Bears quarterback Jay Cutler acknowledged how polarizing concussions are right now.
"It's a tough subject, it's a touchy subject, I think you have to be careful what you say and don't say. Some guys are totally on one side of the and other guys are on the other side of the fence," he said. "You know, I signed up to play football. I understand that. I understand you're going to take hits, you're going to get beat up."
But Cutler said the NFL and NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell have been "trying to take every measure possible to protect players." He noted, for instance, that helmets have improved since he entered the league in 2006.
"At the end of the day, it's a tough sport. You're going to take shots in the head, and you're going to get concussions from time to time," Cutler said. "But no one made me play football. Not one put a gun to my head and said, 'You have to play football.' It's what I love to do. And I knew the risks and benefits going into it."
Cutler also backed Goodell for his handling of the New Orleans Saints. After an investigation, Goodell handed down heavy fines and suspensions to Saints players and coaches involved in a bounty program.
"As players, we all know that there's the possibility for injuries," Cutler said. "But I think they crossed that line, of going past that point and encouraging it to happen. And whenever you're telling people to take headshots and take people out, things are going to come down on you."