Since all the cool kids are rocking concussions and Jay Cutler is always the coolest, the Bears quarterback didn’t come out for the second half of Chicago’s Sunday night game against the Houston Texans. Jason Campbell took over, and although he’s much more capable than Caleb Hanie was a year ago when Cutler went down, he’s still Jason Campbell.
The Bears have announced Cutler won’t return after he sustained the concussion late in the first half on a helmet-to-helmet hit following a long scramble. In a league that’s stressed both protecting the quarterback and minimizing head injuries, Cutler becomes the third QB to leave a game with a concussion today, joining Alex Smith and Michael Vick.
Cutler is erratic and inconsistent, so he’s a QB2 at best, with his value decreasing even more a week from now once byes are over. However, he’s demonstrated a strong connection with Brandon Marshall, meaning if Cutler misses time the production of the Bears’ top receiver could suffer.