Jay Cutler2Bears coach Lovie Smith confirmed Jay Cutler likely suffered a concussion when Houston Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins drilled him in the facemask and knocked him to the ground in the second quarter Sunday night.

So why did Cutler take seven more snaps before being taken out of the game at halftime?

”It is a little troublesome that he stayed in for seven more plays,” said Dr. Jeffery Mjaanes, the director of the Chicago Sports Concussion Clinic at Rush Medical Center. ”Seven plays is kind of a long time.”

Then again . . .

”Most people might get in that situation and say, ‘Give me a minute, maybe things will clear up,’ ” Mjaanes said. ”And the symptoms may not be apparent right away. Sometimes concussions can develop over several hours.

”It’s really possible that at the beginning he didn’t feel too much was wrong. The good news is he did come out eventually. I think the Bears did the right thing by evaluating him early and then keeping him out. And they’re doing the right thing by allowing him to rest and get better.”

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