By Fred Mitchell, Tribune reporter8:41 a.m. CST, November 12, 2012
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler won't be doing his weekly radio show Monday after suffering a concussion late in the first half of Sunday night's 13-6 loss to the Houston Texans.
The "Jay Cutler Show," which had been scheduled to be broadcast live from the Joe's on Weed restaurant at noon as part of the "Waddle & Silvy Show" on WMVP-AM 1000, has been canceled, the station said.
Cutler's availability for next Monday night's game in San Francisco also is in question. Backup quarterback Jason Campbell played the second half against the Texans.
Cutler will need to be cleared by team doctors as well as an independent neurological consultant before he is cleared to return to the field.
Cutler missed one game when he suffered a concussion in 2010, and the concussion protocol remains the same. It's something 49ers quarterback Alex Smith also will have to go through this week as he was knocked out of Sunday's tie against the Rams with a concussion.
NFL protocol mandates players be completely asymptomatic and have normal neurological results at rest and after physical exertion before returning. That means Cutler will be evaluated after running or doing other non-football exercises.
Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a concussion earlier this season and returned to play the following week. Lions running back Jahvid Best has missed more than a year after suffering two concussions last season. This is the third concussion Cutler has suffered in the NFL, including one with the Broncos, and he had at least one documented concussion at Vanderbilt.
Even with Campbell around we need Cutler now. 49'ers comming up and then the Vikes. It's a real bad time to have a concussion, hopefully he'll be able to play against 49'ers but I think we're screwed if he doesn't play.