Jay Cutler will be starting at home against the Seattle Seahawks this coming Sunday. Cutler has been cleared to start by both the Chicago Bears’ team doctors and an outside neurologist. The NFL is becoming more and more aware and careful in dealing with concussions, as well they should.
Larry Mayer has posted an article on the Chicago Bears’ website titled “Cutler happy to be back on practice field.” It was thought that Cutler was cleared to play if needed last week, but, according to Mayer’s report, that was just a rumor. Despite Todd Collins throwing four interceptions in a short period of time, Cutler was not sent in, so it was obvious he couldn’t play, but apparently he was fighting to come in. Luckily he didn’t. However, now he is “legal.”
Cutler apparently looked very comfortable and was sharp behind center, running the number one offense. At least Mike Martz was happy with what he saw.
What were the symptoms that Cutler suffered?
Mayer’s article quotes Cutler as saying, “There is some dizziness, general fogginess of your surroundings; you’re not as sharp, your awareness is a little bit down. All of that stuff kind of combines into how I was feeling.”
It turns out the NFL has players who experience Alzheimer’s disease at a much higher rate than the general population. I will be reporting on that, but for the time being I have linked to John Mackey, who I have reported on in the Top 100, who has the condition.
Getting back to Cutler, he will be a touch lucky to be facing the Seattle Seahawks. While the Seahawks are 2-2, they beat the lowly 49ers and San Diego Chargers, who have been struggling and further were beaten by the Rams and the Broncos.
The Seahawks are coming off of a bye week, but Cutler and the Bears are 6.5 favorites, according to the betting mavens.
Of course, I will be sweating unless we get a lead like we got against the Carolina Panthers. The Bears, according to Mayer, are excited about having Cutler back — and so am I.
Chicago Bears’ Website, Larry Mayer, “Cutler happy to be back on practice field”
You Tube Website, “Big hits causing dementia. (PBS)”
Associated Content Website, Gary Davis, “NFL Network’s “Top 100: Number 42 is John Mackey and Number 41 is Rod Woodson”