Texans’ Tim Dobbins fined $30,000 for hit on Jay Cutler
BY ADAM L. JAHNS Twitter: @AdamJahns November 14, 2012 3:26PM
Updated: November 14, 2012 5:25PM
An NFL spokesman confirmed that Houston Texans linebacker Tim Dobbins was fined $30,000 Wednesday for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Sunday night. ESPN’s Adam Schefter was the first to report Dobbins’ fine.
Cutler remained in the game after Dobbins’ hit, which occurred late in the second quarter, but did not return for the second half. The Bears believe Cutler suffered his concussion on the hit.
Cutler has not officially been ruled out for the Bears’ matchup against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday. Coach Lovie Smith said Wednesday at Halas Hall that Cutler was feeling better, but still being evaluated.
Smith, though, wouldn’t say what Cutler, who has had multiple concussions, is currently able to handle. The Bears didn’t practice on Wednesday.
“Jay is getting better — that’s all I can say right now,” Smith said. “I’m not going to go into each step he’s taking. I think you can understand why.
“We’ll be back on the practice field [Thursday]. We can give you a little bit better ideal of where he is then. As much as anything, without going on the practice field, he’s getting better — like all of our guys are.”
The Bears re-signed Josh McCown to back up Jason Campbell, who took over for Cutler in the second half against the Texans.
“We’ll see [about my role],” McCown said Wednesday. “It’s obviously all based off Jay’s health. I’ll just get ready as usual and see what happens.”
Dobbins said Sunday night that he felt Cutler ran into him, although replays clearly showed otherwise.
“I just felt like he was going to take off running with the ball and I thought he was past the line,” Dobbins said. “I did not hit him in his head. ... And actually, he did. He ran into me! How about that?”
Dobbins also didn’t like that he was penalized for the hit.
“I thought it was a bad flag because I really didn’t even hit him,” he said, “nor did I lead with my head.”