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Dobbins fined 30k for hit on Cutler


Dobbins fined 30k for hit on Cutler

It wont get Jay Cutler back on the field any sooner, but Houston linebacker Tim Dobbins may give pause before administering another blow similar to the one he delivered on Cutler to give the Bears quarterback a concussion.
Dobbins is being fined 30,000 but not suspended for his helmet-to-helmet shot on Cutler, ESPNs Adam Schefter reported on Wednesday.Cutlers exact status will not be declared officially until later in the week, although an out designation could be given as early as Thursday. The same will apply to rookie defensive end Shea McClellin, who sustained a concussion on the first play of the Houston game and was removed from the game.Cutler is getting better, coach Lovie Smith said. Were still evaluating him, hes meeting with people, medical staff, our trainers and all of that, but hes getting better. We do have a little bit more time and thats always good.Cutler has had previous concussions and the increased awareness of cumulative damage done by brain injuries raises serious shorter- and longer-term questions, this immediate season as well as his future.Careers of quarterbacks like Troy Aikman and Steve Young were shortened by concussion effects. Running back Merrill Hoges career was ended in 1994 as a member of the Bears because of multiple concussions. Bears linebacker Hunter Hillenmeyers career ended with a final concussion in the 2010 preseason.But Smith is not and can not look beyond the San Francisco 49ers at this point.I just worry about the one he had the other night, Smith said. I cant look into the future or anything like that. Every case is different. Jays feeling a whole lot better. Itll all play out.When a guy has a concussion, whether its the first or whatever, its a concern for you. We will do everything thing possible to get him back but itll all take care of itself, whether its two or whatever. Hes not going to go back practicing until hes completely well and ready to go. He wont play until theres no issues with that.

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites Football Semifinals Roundup

High School Lites has plenty of great IHSA football playoff action from the semifinals on Saturday as NBC Sports Chicago has highlights of many of the area's top matchups. 

Be sure to also follow us on Twitter @NBCSPreps for all of the latest IHSA football scores and highlights. 

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This Week's Scores

Class 8A

Loyola Academy 17, Edwardsville 10

Lincoln-Way East 24, Maine South 14

Class 7A

Lake Zurich 14, Mount Carmel 7

Batavia 23, Benet Academy 13

Class 6A

Prairie Ridge 42, Hoffman Estates 21

Nazareth Academy 24, Providence Catholic 7

Class 5A

Phillips 27, Sterling 14

Dunlap 21, Washington 0

Class 4A

Morris 43, Raby 8

Rochester 31, Highland 14

Class 3A

IC Catholic 7, Byron 0

Pleasant Plains 41, Anna-Jonesboro 2

Class 2A

Gibson City 14, Newman Central Catholic 8

Maroa-Forsyth 25, Shelbyville 14

Class 1A

Tuscola 21, Athens 14

Lena-Winslow 12, Forreston 8


NBCSPreps Boys Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

NBCSPreps Boys Basketball Preseason Power Rankings

The 2017-18 IHSA boys basketball season has a lot of talented teams in the Chicagoland area. See who made the preseason top 25, headlined by five Public League powerhouses.

No. 1 Morgan Park

No. 2 Whitney Young

No. 3 Simeon

No. 4 Orr

No. 5 Curie

No. 6 Fenwick

No. 7 Bolingbrook

No. 8 Waukegan

No. 9 Niles North

No. 10 Uplift

No. 11 Romeoville

No. 12 Hinsdale South

No. 13 West Aurora

No. 14 Larkin

No. 15 St. Rita

No. 16 OPRF

No. 17 St. Charles East

No. 18 Kenwood

No. 19 Willowbrook

No. 20 Bloom

No. 21 Evanston

No. 22 Lake Zurich

No. 23 Proviso East

No. 24 Lincoln-Way East

No. 25 Libertyville