The Chicago Bears lost an ugly one to the Houston Texans on Sunday night, in the pouring rain at Soldier Field. But the loss wasn’t really the story coming out. The fact that Jay Cutler went down with an injury is what will impact this Bears’ team moving forward.
In the second quarter, Cutler completed a pass to Devin Hester as the Bears tried to move the ball down and tie the game. The play was called back, as Cutler was in front of the line of scrimmage, but that penalty was offset by a brutal hit laid on Cutler by Houston linebacker Tim Dobbins.
The hit wasn’t malicious, but it was worthy of a penalty and will probably earn Dobbins a hefty fine. There’s no doubt that the hit was the play that landed Cutler with his concussion. Yet, there were seven more offensive plays with Cutler under center before the half ended.
Once the second half began, it was Jason Campbell that came out to lead the Bears’ offense, with no sign of Cutler. Then the report came down that he was out with a concussion.
The question facing the Bears is going to be why Cutler was allowed to continue playing with his concussion. According to the Bears, though, Cutler didn’t show signs of a concussion until halftime. On that play, and the one that followed, Cutler took brutal hits. Yet, the Bears didn’t feel it necessary to even give their star quarterback a look.
This goes to show the hypocrisy of the NFL. They’ll talk all day about concussions and how important player safety is, but at the end of the day, it really doesn’t matter. But that’s a debate for another day. Jay Cutler has now suffered six concussions in his career. The Bears have bigger problems than Jason Campbell likely going under center against the San Francisco 49ers next week.