Jay Cutler's Latest Concussion Was 5th of Career, Report Indicates
Cutler is expected to return to the field on Sunday, two weeks after suffering a concussion against the Giants. But while Cutler has downplayed concerns that he's prone to concussions, previous media reports indicate that the concussion he suffered against the Giants was the fifth he has had on the football field.
The Chicago Tribune passes along a report from the Nashville Tennessean saying that when Cutler was at Vanderbilt he suffered three concussions. He also had a concussion when he played for the Broncos in 2006, so that would make the one he got against the Giants at least the fifth in his life.
There's a growing body of evidence that with each concussion an athlete suffers, he becomes more susceptible to future concussions -- and to long-term brain damage.
Cutler says he recognizes the seriousness of concussions, but at the same time, he says he thinks it's important for a football player to try to get back on the field as quickly as he can after getting hurt.
"This league is all about battling through injuries and stuff, but obviously concussions and your head is something you have to take pretty seriously," Cutler said. "I've been banged up before and still went out and played. But your head and your brain is totally different. Once you start getting into that element, you kind of have to take a step back."
The question now is whether Cutler will really take a step back if he has further concussion symptoms, or if he'll follow the path of so many players who try to tough it out after their brains have been damaged on the field.