Multiple reports suggest that the Chicago Bears are going to re-sign quarterback Josh McCown in response to a concussion suffered yesterday by quarterback Jay Cutler. McCown was brought in last season when Cutler injured his thumb and started the last two games for the Bears for original backup Caleb Hanie.
McCown seemed a lock to be the Bears third quarterback this season, but in a surprising move, the Bears released the veteran signal caller and kept unheralded rookie Matt Blanchard out of Wisconsin-Whitewater on the practice squad. This was a bit of a shocker for most of us. But the Bears coaches really like Blanchard. However, considering that Blanchard is only a rookie and the Bears are a strong contender this season, the coaches aren’t going to potentially throw Blanchard to the wolves (or 49ers).
I am very worried about the status of Cutler. He has taken a few violent hits the last couple of weeks, and the blatant cheap shot he suffered at the hands of Houston Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins. This is unofficially Cutler’s sixth concussion in his career, and considering what the research is telling us, he may not survive a full career. I respect and appreciate Cutler’s tough-guy mentality, but he has to think about the long-term effects of the beating he takes on a weekly basis. As this Sunday showed us once again, there’s no player that is invincible.
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