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.

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See what else the Roenick had to say in the video above.