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NFL says Bears "properly handled" Jay Cutler's concussion

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While the league is reviewing Houston Texans linebacker Tim Dobbin's hit on Jay Cutler, they have already cleared the Bears in their handling of the quarterback's concussion.

"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."

After any major injury, it's standard for the league to review how a team handled it. Cutler Texans.jpg

After Cutler was drilled by Dobbins -- who was flagged for a personal foul -- the officials reviewed the play, which happened late in the second quarter. Cutler didn't miss a play and finished the first half.

"We had a break since the play was being challenged. Our trainers talked to him then. When I say concussion protocol, that's a part of it. It's not like he showed symptoms but we had a break in between. Our trainers talked to him, evaluated him, he was fine from there," Bears coach Lovie Smith said. "Players in the huddle didn't see anything wrong with him, at the time. Not just then, we just continued to talk to him all the way out, even through to halftime.

"When I say normal protocol for a concussion that's what I'm talking about. We're constantly talking with him. If you look at his play, it's not like he was light on his feet or starry eyed, anything like that. We felt he was in control of everything, just like the rest of our players, at the time."

Cutler, though, was ruled out at halftime and replaced by Jason Campbell.

From the league: "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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Tim Dobbins should be fined.He walks away hurting a person and gets a pat on the back.....Good Job...Not Right

Agreed that hit was completely uncalled for.

I feel that any player who causes another player to exit the game because of an illegal hit should also be required to leave the game.


Review the Youtube video of the play. Dobbins says that Cutler "ran into him".
Man, what an obvious lie. That action has such potential to end some one's
career, that Dobbins should be suspended for at least a couple of games, in
addition to being fined.

Are they going to also review the horrible play call by the refs who should have rewarded the bears with the penalty? is this guy is not fined then expect more of the same. It was a legal pass, called wrong on the field, the refs could not own up to it, and if the NFL is going to allow this someone better you tube it and blast it all over the net showing how some qb's get it and some you barley breath hard on and you are fined. Legal pass, player put himself at risk for his team, and the refs who couldnt even call one of the 47 holds I found on lineman blocking Peppers all night. I guess they got what they wanted so now like all day sunday its like having the replacement refs in again.

Illegal hit on Legal pass and the refs blew it, and we still question Jay after his 360 td years ago, his knee, everything. Refs should have had a clause put in when they make a mistake it affects them as well. Otherwise, who controls them, who points out what they missed? when do they swallow there pride and say we messed up and a player is injured, a new father, leader, man.

And I thought the only refs that blew calls were the replacement variety.

@Jason, you're an idiot. Cutler didn't even see Dobbins while Dobbins knew exactly where Cutler was because he was trying to hit him. Cutler's fault, right, not sure what game you were watching.

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