NFL: Bears lose Cutler to concussion in loss to Texans
The Chicago Bears had their six-game winning streak snapped and lost quarterback Jay Cutler to a concussion in Sunday night’s 13-6 loss to the Houston Texans.
Cutler took a hard hit to the head from linebacker Tim Dobbins late in the second quarter but remained in the game until the half. He did not return in the second half, as Jason Campbell took over.
Coach Lovie Smith said he didn’t know what Cutler’s status would be for next Monday night’s game at San Francisco.
Smith did say that Cutler’s concussion symptoms started to clear up during the second half.
Robbie Gould’s 24-yard field goal pulled the Bears to within 10-6 with 1:55 left in the third quarter, but Shayne Graham connected from 42 yards with 4:49 to play in the game to put the Texans (8-1) ahead 13-6.
Gould missed a 48-yard field goal attempt that caromed off the left upright with 11:40 left after the Bears (7-2) had driven to the Houston 30.
Campbell was unable to direct another scoring threat and finished 11-for-19 for 94 yards. Matt Forte was held to 39 rushing yards on 16 carries. Brandon Marshall had eight receptions for 107 yards.
“It was tough,” Campbell said. “Tonight was my first reps since the season started.”
The teams forced six turnovers in the first half, and Bears rookie defensive end Shea McClellin was ruled out early in the first quarter with a concussion.
Arian Foster made a diving catch of a 2-yard pass from Matt Schaub to give the Texans a 10-3 lead with 4:14 remaining in the first half.
The Bears had just 99 total yards in the first half. Cutler completed seven of 14 first-half passes for 36 yards. He was intercepted twice and had a passer rating of 16.7.