From Concussed Quarterbacks To Mouthy Kickers: Your Weekly Bears Roundup
Not surprisingly, after Sunday's loss to the Texans the sky is falling around Halas Hall. Starting with Jay Cutler's concussion to Robbie Gould ripping the entire grounds crew at Soldier Field, there were plenty of happenings around the Bears Wednesday. Here's a rundown of all that went on:
- In his weekly press conference, Lovie Smith clarified Jay Cutler's status in the most vague way possible. "He"s getting better," he said. "He's not gonna start practicing until he's completely healed and ready to go. That will all take care of itself." Smith's comments could simply be a smokescreen to force the 49ers to prepare for Cutler playing. Most assume that Cutler will sit out Monday night's game.
- The man who caused Cutler's concussion, Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins, was fined $30,000 by the NFL. Dobbins tried to downplay the hit after the game saying, "I hit him in his chest. I did not hit him in his head. Nowhere near." But the league didn't buy his excuse and hit him right under the chin with a fine.
- The Bears worked out four punters Wednesday morning, including free agents Ryan Quigley, Spencer Lanning, Chas Henry and Ryan Tydlacka. The Bears are obviously not happy with punter Adam Podlesh's productivity. He has struggled all season and had a particularly bad game against the Texans. However, they haven't signed any of the punters they brought in as of yet.
- Speaking of kickers, Robbie Gould took to the WMVP airwaves Tuesday night to trash the grounds crew. He took issue with the field not being covered prior to Sunday's game, "Let's put it to you this way: If I were a grounds crew superintendent, I think I would keep a little bit of an eye if they were calling for rain for six straight days, and I just might roll a tarp out on the field before the game." This is just the latest chapter in the long-running sod debacle at Soldier Field, which coincidentally will be re-sodded this week.
That's all for now, folks. Expect more craziness next week if the Bears lose to the 49ers and fall to an unthinkable 7-3.