The same doesn’t appear to be the case for the Chicago Bears’ star quarterback Jay Cutler who failed to be cleared for practice Thursday as he recovers from the brutally illegal hit to the head which caused a concussion that he received from Dobbins last Sunday night.
The timeline for recovery has many Bears’ fans worried about the possibility of Cutler missing more than just the San Francisco 49ers game on Monday night.
Whilst I really hope Cutler, who has a history of concussions, doesn’t come back until he personally feels 100% ready, it would be a lie to say that heading into the harder portion of the Bears schedule, that Cutler will not be sorely missed.
With the Bears flipping the media schedule and making defensive players available to the press as opposed to the offense, one player who weighed in on the situation was Henry Melton:
“He just looks like the same old Jay. I’m not a doctor, so I can’t really say if he’s going to go or not. But right now he’s looking good, so we’ll just see what happens.”
Israel Idonije was slightly more practical about the situation regarding Cutler’s health acknowledging the fine line between head injuries and speedy recoveries:
“He’s a fierce competitor, he’s a tough guy. If everything goes through and when he’s ready to play, he’s going to play, he’ll get in the game and he’ll be effective for us and he’ll play well for us. But it’s a game so I don’t think at any time as sharp of a guy as he is he’s willing to risk his livelihood for this one game, especially because it’s a long season and we have plenty of games ahead that we need him for. So, they’re going to make the assessment and when the time is right and he’s ready he’ll be back and we’ll move forward and play a lot of great football games.”
To echo this sentiment, Phil Emery brought in an expensive back up in Jason Campbell to safeguard against an injury to Cutler, it is time for Campbell to step up and earn his crust whilst Cutler recovers fully in order to hopefully lead the Bears to post-season success.