Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - November 15 - New York News

Dionne Miller's `Happenings at Halas' - November 15

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CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Jay Cutler did not practice as the Bears got back to work preparing for San Francisco, and Lovie Smith has no idea if that will change tomorrow.

But Cutler is getting better and has each day. Which leaves the team optimistic things could change. Though they re-iterated their faith in Jason Campbell if he's called upon. But it is still an 'if'- whether Cutler practices this week or not. As a general rule, the Bears like an injured player to do something active by Friday, but for players who know the system, if he's 100% by Monday night, he'll play.

Cutler was Halas Hall Thursday, and every teammate we could ask gave their non-medical assessment saying he looked "good". Brian Urlacher said they talked ping pong. " No he (Cutler) didn't play, he was watching me dominate." Who? "anyone who stepped to the other side of the table."

You just knew Urlacher was going to give us honesty after that, and he did. The linebacker said earlier this year that if he suffered a concussion or had concussion like symptoms, he would lie about it to keep playing. He still would lie, though its harder with the testing they run players through to diagnose.

Urlacher has had only one major concussion- that we know of- and credits his older helmet for better protection.

"There are points in every game where you give a hit and feel a little woozy. Well, not every game, but mostly every game where you give a hit and you're like 'Whoa- that was a good one.' The helmets aren't very good- I wear an old helmet, Lance wears an old helmet we take some pretty hard hits and we don't get concussed. I think a lot of it has to do with the helmets now...they say they are better, but they must not because everyone's getting concussions now."

Urlacher and his teammates recognize the concern over concussions.

Though the defensive guys we talked to today also recognize the double standard. The NFL does not penalize cut blocks the same way they do hits to the head. Urlacher believes that proves the league isn't that concerned about safety. "Huge difference. A knee can put you out for a season, a concussion you might miss a game or two- big difference."

Tongue in cheek, of course. But his point was heard. "You're right, that's why you have to judge if you want to play or not. Don't want to get concussed, don't play. Its your career its your life, you have to make that decision on your own. It's the value of where you put your life after football . If I got concussed a lot I'd probably stop playing...but I don't so I'm good."

Cutler's teammates do hope he's cautious as he returns. They need him beyond just Monday night. "It's bigger than just Monday night, we have a longer season ahead, and we expect to go into the play offs and we're going to need him for it," Henry Melton said.

It's an ongoing story-line until Cutler is lifted from the injury report. Standing by for more info on Friday.

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