A couple of notes from the Sunday night after the Bears’ big win:
- Jay Cutler and the Miami Heat’s Dwyane Wade met up before the game; Wade tweeted a photo of himself on the sidelines and then sent this tweet congratulating his buddy Cutler after the win:
@JayCutler6 you R a man of your word..“Imma put on a show 4 you 2day” his words 2 me B4 game.
- The hit that Brian Urlacher and Chris Harris put on Cowboys tight end Jason Witten in the fourth quarter has left Witten with a concussion:
Witten finished with five catches for 51 yards and was noticeably upset on the sidelines when the doctors determined he could not return.
A player has to be symptom free in order to be able to return.
The policy states, “The player should not be considered for return-to-football activities until he is fully asymptomatic, both at rest and after exertion, has a normal neurological examination, normal neuropsychological testing, and has been cleared to return by both his team physician(s) and the independent neurological consultant.”
That’s a good policy — we have seen just this week how it can affect a player with the Bears’ Hunter Hillenmeyer out for the season with a concussion. Concussions are a serious problem in today’s NFL. Given the violent nature of the game, there may be no way to avoid them completely — but give credit to the league for at least acknowledging that it’s an issue.