Monday, November 19, 2012
Jay Cutler to speak but might not be cleared
By Kevin Seifert
Our friends at ESPNChicago.com report that Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler did not travel with the team to San Francisco for Monday night's game against the 49ers. Cutler will, however, resume his weekly radio show with ESPN 1000 on Tuesday, scheduled for 1 p.m. ET.
The show will be Cutler's first public comments since suffering a concussion Nov. 11 against the Houston Texans. Your first question, I'm sure, is whether that means Cutler has been cleared for the Bears' game Sunday against the Minnesota Vikings.
The answer is not necessarily. There is no NFL policy that expressly prohibits players from doing interviews or other media appearances before he is cleared for meetings and practice.
The league's policy, according to spokesman Greg Aiello, is that players are not required to do interviews before he is cleared for meetings and practice. Once the player is cleared, he is expected to be available to the media at regular times.
So, no, we can't assume that Cutler has been cleared based simply on the information that he will co-host his radio show Tuesday. We've seen several recent examples, after all, of players speaking with the media before they are fully cleared, from Detroit Lions tailback Jahvid Best to 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.
Perhaps Cutler will shed more light on his condition Tuesday, but all we know at the moment is that he is feeling well enough to resume his radio show.