Cutler knocked out of game with concussion


Cutler knocked out of game with concussion

One of the crucial moves of new GM Phil Emery was suddenly in the national spotlight Sunday night when Jason Campbell was brought off the bench after halftime to take over after quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a concussion that places his availability for the San Francisco 49ers next Monday very much in question.
San Francisco lost quarterback Alex Smith to a concussion in the 49ers 24-24 tie Sunday with the St. Louis Rams.
The NFLs growing awareness of and concern with concussions points to erring on the side of caution. The Bears held Cutler out of the game following his first concussion.
Cutler was hit helmet-to-helmet by Houston linebacker Tim Dobbins after Cutler released a pass in the second quarter. Cutler stayed down briefly but did not leave the game, although he was a shaky 1-for-4 passing after the hit.
Cutler last was knocked out at halftime of the Oct. 3, 2010 game against the New York Giants, a game that was also on Sunday night and one in which he was brutalized with nine sacks in just the first half. At one point Cutler wobbled toward the wrong sideline after a change of possession.
This concussion places a cloud over the 49ers game. Cutler was forced to sit out the following 2010 game against the Carolina Panthers with his first concussion.
The Bears won that Carolina game because of Matt Forte rushing for 166 yards, something unlikely to occur against the San Francisco defense which began the weekend No. 5 against the run.
It was also won in spite of Todd Collins proving to be a disaster as the No. 2 quarterback.
Campbell has quarterbacked twice against the 49ers, losing to them as a Washington Redskin in the final game of the 2008 season and again as an Oakland Raider when he posted a 10.7 passer rating.
The Bears were 7-3 last season when Cutler went down with a thumb injury and they were forced to use Caleb Hanie and later Josh McCown.
Cutlers condition and return will not be clear until later in the week. Until then, the Bears are in the hands of a former No. 1 pick and starter for two teams.

Preview: Cubs-Dodgers Sunday on CSN


Preview: Cubs-Dodgers Sunday on CSN

The Cubs take on the Los Angeles Dodgers on Sunday, and you can catch all the action on CSN. Coverage begins with Cubs Pregame Live at 2:30 p.m. Then catch first pitch with Len Kasper and Jim Deshaies. Be sure to stick around after the final out to get analysis and player reaction on Cubs Postgame Live.

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Defensive mistakes, red card cost Fire in ugly loss at D.C.


Defensive mistakes, red card cost Fire in ugly loss at D.C.

RFK Stadium hosted one of the stranger games of the Chicago Fire’s season on Saturday.

It also may end up being a killer blow to the Fire’s playoff hopes.

The Fire lost 6-2 to the host D.C. United, falling nine points out of the playoffs with nine matches remaining.

Patrick Mullins had a hat trick and former Fire midfielder Patrick Nyarko played a role in three of D.C.’s goals. The six goals were the most the Fire have allowed this season.

Fire midfielder Khaly Thiam received a red card in the 34th minute in a match-changing moment. Thiam fouled Nyarko then argued with the ref and dropped the ball on Nyarko’s face while Nyarko was still on the ground.

Nyarko keyed the opening goal in the 25th minute with a backheel in the box to Marcelo, whose low cross was finished off by Mullins.

Michael de Leeuw answered for the Fire (5-12-8, 23 points) by tucking away a big rebound from goalkeeper Bill Hamid after Matt Polster hit a half-volley at Hamid. The relief was short-lived for the Fire because Thiam was sent off a few minutes later.

Nyarko set up Mullins for a goal in the 40th minute and then Luciano Acosta did the same for Mullins in first half added time to make it 3-1 D.C. (7-8-11, 32 points). Razvan Cocis got the Fire back within one on the final kick of the half with a long shot that took a big deflection, lofting the ball perfectly over Hamid and into the net.

However, Nyarko quickly restored D.C.’s two-goal lead out of halftime with a goal in the 51st minute. Mullins finished off his hat trick in the 76th minute and Nick DeLeon finished the scoring in the 89th.

David Accam, who was favoring and icing his left leg after Wednesday’s draw with LA, did not start the match. He subbed on at halftime. He and David Arshakyan, who made his Fire debut off the bench, will both leave for international duty and miss next weekend’s match against Philadelphia.

PHOTO: Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose reunite at Cubs-Dodgers game

PHOTO: Jimmy Butler, Derrick Rose reunite at Cubs-Dodgers game

Jimmy Butler and Derrick Rose may not be teammates anymore, but that didn't stop them from catching up on the west coast while watching a familiar Chicago team.

The former set of Bulls teammates happened to bump into each other at the Cubs-Dodgers game on Saturday afternoon in Los Angeles, where they both work out in the offseason.

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Rose and Butler likely haven't seen each other since the trade that sent Rose to the New York Knicks over the summer.

Butler shared the picture on his Instagram with Rose and his son P.J., capturing a cool moment after speculation of a reported rift during their time together in Chicago never seemed to go away:

three cats at a cubs and dodgers game.

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