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Jay Cutler Injury: Updates on Bears QB's Head Injury

Ethan GrantAnalyst INovember 11, 2012

Week 10 just got worse for the Chicago Bears, as it appears they'll be without starting quarterback Jay Cutler for the duration of the team's Sunday Night Football game against the Houston Texans.

 

UPDATE: Sunday, Nov. 25 at 11:42 a.m. ET by Patrick Clarke

Jay Cutler will start at quarterback on Sunday vs. the Minnesota Vikings according to NFL Network's Stacey Dales via Kareem Copeland

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UPDATE: Saturday, Nov. 24 at 2:11 p.m ET by Michael Cahill

Good news for Bears fans. Jason La Canfora is reporting that the recently concussed QB will line up under center for the Bears on Sunday against the Vikings:

Jay Cutler passing all concussion protocols, will start Sunday for the Bears against the Vikings.

— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) November 24, 2012

Given Jason Campbell's awful performance against the 49ers on Monday night, this is the best possible news Chicago could have hoped for heading into a crucial divisional game. 

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UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 23 at 2:20 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

Chicago Tribune beat writer Vaughn McClure brings some more great news for Bears fans on Cutler's status, this time from head coach Lovie Smith:

Lovie Smith said Jay Cutler (concussion) is looking good for Sunday

— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) November 23, 2012

 

However, Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times indicates that there is another medical hurdle the QB has to overcome to be ready to roll in Soldier Field:

#Bears QB Jay Cutler just needs to be cleared by independent doctor to play on Sunday. Planned for Saturday.

— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) November 23, 2012

 

Considering how awful Jason Campbell looked in San Francisco last week, Cutler's return will be a huge relief for Bears fans in a key home showdown with NFC North rival Minnesota. But the Vikings bring a formidable pass rush led by Jared Allen, which could put Cutler at further risk with such a shoddy offensive line.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 22 at 2:56 p.m. ET

Jay Cutler (concussion) is expected to start Sunday for the Bears, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

Both Jay Cutler and Jason Campbell are beat up for the Bears and will be limited in practice Thursday, sources said. Chicago expects Cutler to start...

...At this point, the Bears anticipate Cutler will start, as he has met concussion protocol to this point, and, assuming he continues on that track, he would face the Vikings on Sunday.

 

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 1:59 p.m. ET by Donald Wood 

While there were some legitimate concerns that Chicago Bears star quarterback Jay Cutler would miss another start, the team has cleared him to practice, but the good news comes with a caveat, according to Michael C. Wright ESPNChicago.com:

Lovie says Cutler is cleared to practice, but still has to be cleared by independent neurologist in order to play.

— Michael C. Wright (@mikecwright) November 21, 2012

It is a step in the right direction that Cutler was cleared to return to practice, and as long as the symptoms of the concussion don’t reappear during the week, Cutler should be a go for Sunday’s matchup with the Minnesota Vikings.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 21 at 12:10 p.m. ET by Alex Kay

The Chicago Bears are preparing for their Week 12 matchup against the Minnesota Vikings this coming Sunday, but signal-caller Jay Cutler still isn't sure whether or not he'll be an active participant.

 

According to Sarah Spain of ESPN Chicago, the QB still has to jump through a few more hoops before he's allowed back on the field in an NFL game.

Jay Cutler still not committing re: Sunday's game vs. the #Vikings. Says there are still some steps before he can announce he'll play.

— Sarah Spain(@SarahSpain) November 21, 2012

We'll keep you updated right here as soon as we find out whether or not Cutler has completed this final steps and is cleared to start on Sunday in a critical NFC North matchup.

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UPDATE: Friday, Nov. 16 at 12:40 p.m. ET by Matt Fitzgerald

The Chicago Bears' official Twitter reports that Cutler will not play on Monday night in San Francisco:

LM: #Bears have announced that QB Jason Campbell will start Monday night's game at San Francisco.

— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 16, 2012

This is not good news for Bears fans, as Cutler is clearly still feeling the effects of his third concussion as a pro. With a difficult schedule the rest of the way and the Green Bay Packers in hot pursuit in the NFC North, Chicago would love to see its typical starting QB back in action as soon as possible.

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UPDATE: Thursday, Nov. 14 at 12:20 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Though hardly surprising news, it continues to look extremely unlikely Jay Cutler will play on Monday night. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times has the latest:

Indications are that quarterback Jay Cutler will not practice today at Halas Hall.

In addition, his usual press conference today will not take place.

Those are both strong indications that Cutler hasn't been cleared by team doctors to return to the practice field, the first key step in hopes of him starting Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers.

As important as this game is, there is no reason to rush Cutler back against the physical 49ers defense. I would be shocked if he plays.

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UPDATE: Wednesday, Nov. 14 at 1:40 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

Cutler's return to action this week may be far from imminent, but according to Lovie Smith (via Adam Jahns of the Chicago Sun-Times), his condition is improving:

#Bears coach Lovie Smith said Jay Cutler "is doing better" and that they're continually evaluating him. He was here today.

— Adam Jahns (@adamjahns) November 14, 2012

 

Given Cutler's history with concussions, I wouldn't expect him to play this week. Nonetheless, this is good news in regard to his condition.

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UPDATE: Monday, Nov. 12 at 2:30 p.m. ET by Timothy Rapp

After leaving Sunday night's game with a concussion, the discussion now turns to whether or not Cutler will be ready to go for next week. As Vaughn McClure of the Chicago Tribune reports, head coach Lovie Smith didn't have an answer for that question on Monday:

Smith would not speculate on Cutler or McClellin for the 49ers.

— vaughn mcclure (@vxmcclure23) November 12, 2012

For now, it's hard to say whether Cutler will go or not. But if he doesn't, you can bet the Bears will be hard-pressed to defeat a San Francisco 49ers team coming off of a disappointing tie.

Yes, they tied.

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According to the team's official Twitter account, Cutler sustained a concussion from a helmet-to-helmet hit by linebacker Tim Dobbins late in the second quarter and will not return.

Jay Cutler is out for the second half with a concussion. Jason Campbell will replace him at QB. #Bears #HOUvsCHI

— Chicago Bears (@ChicagoBears) November 12, 2012

Before his injury, Cutler was just 7-of-14 for 40 yards and two interceptions. He took a beating in the first half, getting knocked down and pressured constantly by the front seven of the Texans.

 

Cutler has been much maligned over the years for a perceived lack of toughness, but he was getting drilled versus Houston's tough D. He got back up on several occasions, but after testing in the locker room it was determined by the medical staff that Cutler was not fit to return to the field.

Jason Campbell will have his hands full in the second half against this defense, which has already created four turnovers on the night in the Chicago wind and rain. It's the third time in Week 10 that a QB has gone down with a concussion, as Alex Smith of San Francisco and Michael Vick of Philadelphia both left games on Sunday with similar conditions.

Keep checking back with Bleacher Report and the NFL front page for the latest on Cutler's injury and status for the upcoming week.

 

Ethan Grant is a featured columnist for B/R's Breaking News Team.

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