Dobbins fined 30k for hit on Cutler

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Dobbins fined 30k for hit on Cutler

It wont get Jay Cutler back on the field any sooner, but Houston linebacker Tim Dobbins may give pause before administering another blow similar to the one he delivered on Cutler to give the Bears quarterback a concussion.
Dobbins is being fined 30,000 but not suspended for his helmet-to-helmet shot on Cutler, ESPNs Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday.Cutlers exact status will not be declared officially until later in the week, although an out designation could be given as early as Thursday. The same will apply to rookie defensive end Shea McClellin, who sustained a concussion on the first play of the Houston game and was removed from the game.Cutler is getting better, coach Lovie Smith said. Were still evaluating him, hes meeting with people, medical staff, our trainers and all of that, but hes getting better. We do have a little bit more time and thats always good.Cutler has had previous concussions and the increased awareness of cumulative damage done by brain injuries raises serious shorter- and longer-term questions, this immediate season as well as his future.Careers of quarterbacks like Troy Aikman and Steve Young were shortened by concussion effects. Running back Merrill Hoges career was ended in 1994 as a member of the Bears because of multiple concussions. Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyers career ended with a final concussion in the 2010 preseason.But Smith is not and can not look beyond the San Francisco 49ers at this point.I just worry about the one he had the other night, Smith said. I cant look into the future or anything like that. Every case is different. Jays feeling a whole lot better. Itll all play out.When a guy has a concussion, whether its the first or whatever, its a concern for you. We will do everything thing possible to get him back but itll all take care of itself, whether its two or whatever. Hes not going to go back practicing until hes completely well and ready to go. He wont play until theres no issues with that.

Jason Heyward: Banged-up Cubs ready to be tested vs. Nationals

Jason Heyward: Banged-up Cubs ready to be tested vs. Nationals

WASHINGTON – The cut on Jason Heyward’s left hand has been compared to a third-degree burn, an injury that would have required stiches if the skin had not ripped off already.

The Cubs can’t count on their Gold Glove outfielder – or their World Series MVP (Ben Zobrist) or ERA titleholder (Kyle Hendricks) – for this four-game showdown against the Washington Nationals. All-Star shortstop Addison Russell didn’t start Monday night while dealing with a sore right shoulder, taking more juice out of this potential playoff preview at Nationals Park.

“Every day’s a test, regardless of whether we’re healthy or not,” Heyward said after taking about 15 swings off a tee. “Bottom line, every team goes through tests. Every single season, guys get hurt. And whoever’s there at the end of the year in the playoffs, they handled that the best and was able to weather that storm the best. 

“This team’s no different. Every single day, you’re expected to win. We expect each other to win and go out there and try to find a way to get it done every day. There’s going to be more tests, but that’s what you want.”

The next step for Heyward would be getting cleared to take a full batting practice.

“It’s getting better every day,” Heyward said, “but until it gets to the point where I can swing every day and take BP, I just got to do a little more waiting and healing.”

Heyward – who sliced open his hand while trying to make a sliding catch in foul territory on June 18 – is eligible to be activated from the 10-day disabled list on Thursday but would probably need some at-bats in the minors first.  

“We’ll let you know,” Heyward said. “I don’t do ‘probablys.’ I probably wouldn’t have wanted to be on the DL, either, but we’ll see what happens.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Did Bulls get fleeced?

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Did Bulls get fleeced?

On the latest edition of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, David Kaplan is joined Anthony Herron (NBC Sports), David Haugh (Chicago Tribune) and Danny Parkins (670 The Score) to discuss the madness in Chicago this weekend.

The panel breaks down the crazy draft night for both the Blackhawks and Bulls while wondering if Tom Thibodeau fleeced Gar/Pax.

Then, Mark Buehrle had his number retired on Saturday. Even Kap loved it.

Listen to the SportsTalk Live Podcast now.