Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh knocked Bears quarterback Jay Cutler out of Monday night’s game in Chicago with a brutal but clean slam to the turf that looked to be serious at first — but Cutler returned after sitting out just one play.
Suh collapsed the pocket, grabbed Cutler by his left arm and then slammed Cutler down onto his right shoulder and head. It appeared that Cutler could have had a concussion or a serious injury to his throwing shoulder, and he stayed down on the ground for a minute. But after backup Jason Campbell came in for one play, Cutler returned.
Suh and Cutler have something of a history, and Suh has been fined for hits on Cutler in the past. Tonight Suh initially got up and celebrated his sack, but when he realized Cutler was down he went over to check on him.
Surprisingly, it turned out that Cutler was OK, despite a nasty hit.
UPDATE 10:27 p.m. ET: Cutler went to the locker room early before halftime to have his ribs checked, but he returned to start the second half.