The Chicago Bears took one on the chin Sunday against the Houston Texans, Jay Cutler took one to the head, and now he’s trying to clear out the cobwebs. One thing is for sure, San Francisco isn't a team to go out there dazed and confused against. Head Coach Lovie Smith spoke about the process the team has to go through for Cutler to get cleared for their Monday night showdown vs. the 49ers.
"Just like any other player who gets a concussion or any other injury, we'll continue to evaluate them before we let them go back in. As far as whether the players will be ready to go this week, we don't know that. We have an extra day to get prepared for the 49ers. Hopefully they will be ready to go."
"His symptoms weren't displayed right away for us," Smith said. "We had a little bit of time to evaluate it and he didn't show any symptoms then, but at the half he did show some then.
"As a general rule, there's protocol we go through when a player does get a concussion, led by our medical staff. We have a history a little bit with concussions and I think go beyond what we should.
"Protocol is to take every precaution to make sure that first off if they can't play, of course get them out of the game, which we did, and not let them come back until they're for sure ready to go, cleared by the medical staff."
"If a player has a concussion or any injury, he's not going back in the game. It's as simple as that," Smith stated.