Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler will miss Monday's game at San Francisco because of a concussion
LAKE FOREST, Ill. — The Chicago Bears were bracing for an injury to Jay Cutler long before the season started.
Soon they will see how prepared they are.
Cutler will miss Monday’s game at San Francisco because of a concussion, leaving the Bears without their starting quarterback. Team officials announced the decision Friday, meaning Jason Campbell is the likely starter against the 49ers.
The Bears believe Cutler was injured on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Houston’s Tim Dobbins, who was fined $30,000 by the league, in the second quarter of Sunday’s 13-6 loss.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. — San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh was back at work a day after undergoing a minor procedure for an irregular heartbeat that kept him away for about half a day.
“Going about everything as normal,” said Harbaugh, 48. “Had a little irregular heartbeat. I’ve had that before.”
Referee is fined
NEW YORK — Referee Tony Corrente has been fined one game check by the league for using profane language while his microphone was on during a Nov. 4 game in Indianapolis between the Colts and Miami Dolphins.
A referee of Corrente’s experience — 18 seasons — earns approximately $9,000 a game.
In the fourth quarter, Corrente inadvertently left his microphone open during a conference with members of the officiating crew and used profanities that were heard by the crowd and TV viewers.
• Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick, who has a concussion, was ruled out of Sunday’s game against Washington and there is no timetable for his return. Rookie Nick Foles of Arizona will start in Vick’s place.
Vick is to spend the weekend in a dark, quiet area and must avoid exercising.
• Retired Chicago coach Mike Ditka, 73, was hospitalized after suffering what he said doctors told him was a “very minor stroke.”
• Three retired players received at least $2 million in disability payments as a result of brain-trauma injuries from their playing days, according to an article by ESPN and the PBS series “Frontline.”
The article cites a letter written in 2000 from the director of the retirement plan who stated Mike Webster, who retired in 1990, had a disability that was “the result of head injuries he suffered as a football player with the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Kansas City Chiefs.”
Webster died in 2002. The article cites similar payments to Gerry Sullivan, a lineman for Cleveland, and a third, unnamed player.
The NFL is being sued by several thousand retired players who accuse it of concealing a link between head hits and brain injuries.
Compiled from The Associated Press, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Chicago Tribune and The New York Times.