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Urlacher: Cut blocks as big a deal as concussions


With the Bears managing carefully the concussion suffered by quarterback Jay Cutler, linebacker Brian Urlacher reiterated Thursday that he’d lie about a concussion to stay on the field.

He also questioned the effectiveness of new helmets at preventing brain trauma, and contended that the league wasn’t as safety conscious as they’d tell you, since they aren’t taking measures to outlaw cut blocks. Urlacher made similar statements about lying about concussions last year, but said Thursday he wasn’t worried about his future, since he only suffered one major concussion, which knocked him out for “a couple plays.”

He also said cut blocks are a bigger deal than concussions, using a rationale that frankly undercuts the current stance on head injuries.

“Huge because a knee injury can put you out for a season,” Urlacher said. “A concussion you may miss a game or two. Huge difference.”

“I think they shouldn’t allow cut blocks because our knees are important to us too,” Urlacher said. “I know concussions are a big deal too but I think cut blocks are a big deal but that seems to be OK with the NFL so they’re not too concerned about safety. They’re concerned about long-term concussions but immediately they are not concerned about your knees or your ankles or anything like that. I think that should be an issue.

“Concussions are taking care of themselves. It’s a big deal to everyone because of all of the older players coming back and saying they’re all messed up now. That’s definitely an issue but I think the cut blocks need to be a big issue as well.”

Other players might disagree, such as former teammate Hunter Hillenmeyer, who retired after five concussions. But Urlacher made it a question of individual responsibility.

“That’s why you gotta judge if you don’t want to play,” Urlacher said. “Don’t want to get concussed, don’t play. It’s your career, it’s your life. You have to make that decision on your own. Some guys have shut it down because of that. That’s the value of after football, I guess. If I got concussed a lot, I probably wouldn’t keep playing.”

While it’s not an attitude that follows with conventional wisdom, it’s probably a popular view among a segment of players, and one that helps keep the game going.

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14 Responses to “Urlacher: Cut blocks as big a deal as concussions”
  1. tommccrossin says: Nov 15, 2012 2:32 PM

    Mo Money, Mo problems

  2. goodellgate says: Nov 15, 2012 2:43 PM

    Just wait until some former players sue the league about their knees if you want Goodell to act like he is concern about it.

  3. jbl429 says: Nov 15, 2012 2:44 PM

    Brian, don’t want your knees hurt by cut blocks? Don’t play.

    The NFL is only safety conscious if they focus on the injuries you care most about? Solid logic.

  4. cooklynn17 says: Nov 15, 2012 2:46 PM

    when was the last time a player forgot his name after getting cut block?

  5. reasonableeaglefan says: Nov 15, 2012 2:51 PM

    Unless we see a cutblock lawsuit, I doubt this issue will ever be as big as concussions.

  6. supremekingz says: Nov 15, 2012 3:00 PM

    Brian Urlacher is right. They should start throwing around $30,000 dollar fines to O-lineman and running backs throwing cut blocks

  7. larryboodry says: Nov 15, 2012 3:17 PM

    Love #54, but his comments here tell me that Hillenmayer’s 5 concussions somehow transferred themselves to Urlacher’s brain.

    As for Hunter, he is currently doing a great job each week on CSN-Chicago’s ‘Bears Postgame Live.

  8. 989lions says: Nov 15, 2012 3:18 PM

    yeah you miss the season with a blown knee….you’ll miss years and years of memories and a healthy post football lifestyle with concussions.

    urlacher dont be such a meat head.

  9. dukemarc says: Nov 15, 2012 3:54 PM

    Come on now Brian, you know the league doesn’t care about defensive players – it’s well documented.

  10. packhawk04 says: Nov 15, 2012 3:56 PM

    “With a concussion, you miss a week or two, big difference.”

    With a cut block, youll have knee issues the rest of your life. With concussions, you wont remember where you live, what your kids names are, any memories of them. Big difference.

  11. pgolf3 says: Nov 15, 2012 4:05 PM

    all pro linebacher + blown out knees for all players= Concussions and major health problems for life PRiceless…

  12. mazblast says: Nov 15, 2012 5:12 PM

    Urlacher? Is he still in the league? I vaguely remember someone with that name, used to be pretty good and a media favorite.

  13. wfmulder says: Nov 15, 2012 6:37 PM

    cooklynn17 says:
    Nov 15, 2012 2:46 PM
    when was the last time a player forgot his name after getting cut block?

    Not sure, why not have Cutler visit Cushing in the hospital, after all his season is done with a KNEE injury. What week do you think Cutler will be back? I say next weekend. Betcha Cushing wishes he had the same choice.

  14. dapros says: Nov 15, 2012 7:22 PM

    If they stopped cut blocks, where would that leave Mike Shanahan, whose running game has always depended on cut blocks?

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