Cameron Worrell Discusses Concussions & More [AUDIO]

Cameron Worrell Discusses Concussions & More [AUDIO]

I have been having conversations with Cameron Worrell for over a year now and they are one of the highlights of my week. But hearing him discuss his history with concussions and their lingering effects put the entire issue in context for me. We talk football during this chat - why he hates the Niners, Nate Collins, Kaepernick, defensive resentment in the locker room - but it's the concussion discussion that makes this our finest twenty minutes.


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  • Hey NewBear, I don't have your email.

    Mine is

  • Hmm...

    Is Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice ignoring the run this year? These are the facts:
    I thought they could have run it more against the Texans, but it's not like the offense is out of balance. The Bears have run the ball on 46.3 percent of their snaps. That is the sixth highest percentage in the league, according to STATS.
    They have run it 58.4 percent of the time on first and 10. That's the fifth highest percentage in the league. Ask Dan.

  • Eric, you got another fifteen minutes of fame. You question made Dan Pompei's Mailbag column:,0,1431520.story

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    You actually pay for all that extra content in the trib? I've never even looked into it.

  • No I don't but for some reason, I can still access all of it. When they finally cut me off, I'll miss BIggs and to a lesser extent, Pompei. However, not paying the Trib $15 a month will not be one of my life regrets as I slip from this world into the next ....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Now I'm picturing Robert Plant on his deathbed....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Not pretty, not pretty at all. BTW, contrary to popular belief, that avatar pic is me, not Robert Plant...

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Holy shit.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    I can't view it. What did he say back?

  • Here ya go:

    What is the Bears biggest weakness now? The tight ends or the offensive line? -- @ErikGrogan, from Twitter

    The offensive line has been outperforming the tight ends of late. But here is the difference: A team can get by with mediocre production from the tight ends. It's a lot harder to win with a bad offensive line. You are talking about five positions versus one. That being said, I would say the offensive line remains a bigger concern.

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    fucking genius... really? I didn't notice that. fucking pompei

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Dan's saying that the offensive line is important? They're the big guys in front of Cutty,right ? Okay, I see how that could work.

  • I've been saying that for a while now - the Bears ARE a running team, only 5 or 6 teams run it more times than we do. Running it MORE often would mean gameplan suicide. Cutty being out demands it though.

  • I'm not sure I agree. My rosy spectacles tell me Campbell is capable enough.

  • I tell ya what irishsweetness you are full of crap you are one of these guys who look at all the stats like a newspaper but you do not know a thing about football or what the chicago bears about "the bears a running team and you have been saying that for a while' lolololol come on man

  • I know a lot of us just post on here but listen to that podcast.

    It makes me wonder if I had a concussion in high school because there were times where some plays felt like a dream.. Just sayin.

  • Yeah, I felt kinda the same way Erik...

    ...except for me it was the other guy who had those feelings and they weren't dreams.... they were nightmares bitches!!!


  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Obligatory 5 points for every Randy Savage drop...

  • In reply to gpldan:


  • Gould to be on soon to explain why he can't hit the fairway at Soldier Field...

  • Dobbins the Head Bobbins was hit for $30k.

    He makes $700k pre-tax. Given his probable lack of deductions, that's a good sized hit to take home, but nothing near a suspension for a few games.

    Conte got hit for $21k.

    Goodell's commitment to safety has a massive sucking sound right now.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I wonder if fines are tax-deductible?

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    Ya know, a business expense, so to speak....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    They are tax deductible. They go to charity.

  • In reply to Jeff Hughes:

    Is that a fact, Jeff, or did you get that info from the NFL? What percentage of the total amount of money goes to charity? Five percent?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    It is also my understanding that the NFL fines go to charity.

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    But based on what? NFL PR?

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Ya know what if that was one the media darling QB'S like Tony Romo or mike vick , ben rothlesburger they would have suspended but being its only jay cutler. i tell you what jay cutler is the touhest QB in the NFL MAN bar none

    frank deleo
    bx ny

  • Hey MB I checked out the pics. I knew before I clicked it would be a bunch of hipsters and yuppies pretending to be cyclists. Not sure what it's like down there but up here all the people that ride those Dutch city bikes or the '50's style cruisers all ride on the sidewalk. We live just off of downtown in the oldest community in the city. I have to dodge those douchebags all the time when I'm walking the dog. Grow a pair and ride in the street. They are so into being seen they wouldn't think of riding on a side street. Jag offs.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

  • In reply to Crown:

    fucking hipsters.

    Did you see his forearm... looks like he took a digger

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I've never seen the show but that douchebag is a pretty good compilation of every idiot hipster on a fixie. They all act they're the first person to ever ride a bike.

    I get a kick out of the messengers downtown. They just beg drivers to hit them. Once in a while they get their wish. The bad thing is a lot of drivers lump all the rest of us sad sack commuters in with them. We're not all the same. Just like not all drivers are the same. There's nothing more dangerous than a soccer mom in a minivan. I profile drivers by their vehicles. Like all stereotypes they aren't universal but it's amazing how often it fits. Downtown the worst for me are the cabs. Those assholes will buzz me at 5:30 AM when there are 3 empty lanes. Buses are pretty dangerous too but I understand they have a schedule to keep. Most people up here are pretty courteous overall but there's always that one meat head when you least expect it. Oh well, after commuting for over 30 years you'd think I'd just accept it.

    Before everyone that doesn't ride a bike replies about all the asshole bike riders, I know, trust me, I know. Every co-worker for the last 30+ years has felt compelled to tell me about every dick on a bike. That's my point, we're not all the same. If you see some dork with flashing lights, a back pack and/or panniers, fenders and enough reflective clothing to cover at least 100 people, those are commuters and are GENERALLY law abiding. We all do some stupid shit. The same as all drivers occasionally roll through stop signs, speed, don't signal, etc. I know there are a bunch of jack asses on bikes. I cringe every time I see one because I'm afraid the driver will take it out on me.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Did you say Cyclists?

    BEWARE of Tucson!

    Saturday is EL TOUR DE TUCSON here in The Old Pueblo and cyclists from around the world will foul traffic all around the city's perimeter from early morning until after Noon.

    Take it from me, if you have to go out this Saturday in Tucson before, oh, say 2pm(?) you should AVOID the race routes AT ALL COSTS!

    Caveat Emptor!

  • Hey Sac you can say talk a lot of shit about Cutler and be correct. Calling him soft isn't one of his flaws. If anything it's just the opposite. He reminds me of McMahon in that respect. Which is not a plus. I wish he's stop being so macho and slide. Not to mention throw the ball away when there is nothing there. I was hoping Cutler was going to be a top tier QB but I've given up on that. He's a notch below and always will be. That's OK as long as we have a good run game, great D and good ST's. The only good thing about him not being great is we won't be paying him top dollar on the next contract.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Well put C-bear. A notch below. Yessir. My concerns which underlay the jubilations of his signing remain. No clock in his head, wild arm, hasn't won anything in his life. No Joe Montana, but no Ryan Leaf either. He's ours for this year anyway, or at least next month. Maybe. Two knocks sort of Hunter now .....

    Would he be worth the contract even if we won the superbowl?

  • Worth it from the perspective of his three concussions and counting, I meant, not that he's not a good NFL QB. If they cut Hunter off at 5 was that more to do with his sucking, or the fact that he'd had five concussions?

    If Cutty gets another concussion this season or the next, do you give big bucks to a guy who's one concussion away from retirement?

  • Hunter was puking and other stuff... It was very serve

  • He's still signed through next year. Not sure how this is going to play out. Honestly all QB's are one hit away from retirement. I want us to re-sign him but I'm not sure he's in line for much of a raise. His last contract was 5 years for $50 mil. I think he's still in that range. I like the guy and he's the best QB we've had in forever but he sure hasn't taken that next step. I know this is blasphemy but I thought he was better under Martz last year. He seemed less reckless with the ball during the 5-game win streak.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    The biggest problem with McMahon was that he did not preserve himself. While some might admire that be played all out the way he did, in the end it cost him too much. And though certainly less important, he cost the team too by not being on the field.

    It seems Cutler is on the same trajectory. Hopefully, Jay will change in time.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Oh yeah, .

    Sac who fancies himself as NOSTRADAMUS after predicting that an NFL QB would start all 16 games in a season.


    I understand he also predected that the sun would rise in the East this morning and that Alaska will experience long periods of cold, snow and darkness this winter.

    Isn't he AMAZING!

  • In reply to Albertintucson:

    Correction: Predicting an NFL QB Would NOT start all 16 games.

    Predicting which NFL QB WOULD start all 16 games might actually be a challenge.

  • Well I'm quite certain the Texans will pick up the tab for the fine and give ole Dobbins an "atta boy" slap on the back. Pretty much a fair price to pay to chance on winning a game.
    If you want to stop the fucking hits, 1 game suspension+fine 1st offense, 3 game suspension+fine for 2nd offense, rest of season suspension+fine for 3rd offense....after that your done playing for the NFL.
    It has to be a punishment that fits the action. I still think Collins deserves a two game no pay suspension. When I played football we were always taught to go for the legs or waist.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Dobbins...not Collins....DUUUHHHH

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    legs or waist... where in thee fuck did you play football... detroit??!?!

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Maybe it's an age thing. My coaches for tiny bit of football I played (7th and 8th grade) taught us to start at the waist and move down from there.

    Good tacklers still do that. Where the hips go, the rest of the body must.follow.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    I like the idea of a red card ala what the rest of the world calls football. There would be controversy, but having to miss the next game, AND having your defense play the rest of the game with ten men* would probably have an effect.

  • In reply to SC Dave:

    Balancing a red card style offense in american football would be very difficult. Cutler's hit, for instance, wouldn't have been a red. Maybe a yellow style penalty, but not a red.

    Removing a spot on a team's 11 man page would ruin the game for a team. Soccer teams, when goals are harder to score, can adjust by dropping a forward into defense and playing for a draw/hold a lead.

    Losing a slot on a football team would destroy a team as plays and assignments are very specific. Gaps would be open, blockers would run free, wideouts would go uncovered. Soccer has more flow and flexibility for a team to adjust.

    Ejecting a player from NFL games happens rarely - too rarely in my mind. Don't make the team lose a spot, but if a player makes a blatant and malicious personal foul - take them off the field.

  • In reply to MaddBearfan:

    Lost the illegal hits discussion is the fact that the rule is also intended to PROTECT THE TACKLER as well.

    Leading with your helmet is a shortcut to life in a wheelchair and/or a shortened career.

    See: Marc Buoniconti (paraplegic) and Doug Plank (compressed vertibrae).

  • karma as they say... is a bitch

    oh and have I ever mentioned how much I hate don banks... no? I haven't?:

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    It's too bad that rib can't force Rapistberger up against a bathroom stall and try to penetrate one of his openings against his will. That would be karma. He's a piece of trash.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I don't get too worked up over the rankings but I am a little confused how the Fudgies can move up 3 spots during their bye week.

    When he lived in Minneapolis he always sucked the BiQueens off and now that he lives in Madison he does the same for the Fudgies. That's the definition of a homer. Can a move to Michigan be in his future?

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    fuck don banks, fuck him right in his face.

  • Joe Mays hits Houston QB Matt Schaub, helmet-to-helmet:

    Schaub was still in his throwing motion when Mays made contact, although the pass had left his hand. Mays' helmet caught the bottom of Schaub's faceguard. The primary point of impact was Schaub's upper chest.

    Schaub was not concussed. The face and ear lacerations he suffered were caused by his helmet leaving his head. He missed only one play as a result of the hit. Houston won the game, and Schaub started the following week.

    Mays was fined $50,000 and received a one-game suspension.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I wonder if Mays had already been fined for the same thing? I agree Dobbins hit was worse. Really makes you wonder.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    The Texans argue that the rules of hitting a QB do not apply once the QB crosses the line of scrimmage, and that Cutler crossed it - even though he didn't - because of the call on the field - which was wrong, even after being reviewed on camera.

    So, Dobby gets a lighter slap because of a blown call and a blown review - Goodell should go blow a goat.

    Of all the BS in this case, what is worse is that at the end of the day, if we pulled the NFL Ref committee in a room and looked at the tape - Cutler's back foot was behind the line and the pass to Hester should have been ruled complete. With another 15 tacked on for Dobbins hit.

    But Cutler can't even get a clean call on his home turf. That's how much the NFL doesn't like the guy - they lawyer their way out of protecting him.

    I am 18 years younger than Goodell. I shall remind myself to go spit on his grave once he is dead.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    I wish I could argue that point GP but sadly I think you're correct. Do me a favor. Since I'm way older than Goodell would you not spit on his grave. I'm thinking urinating or defecating would be more appropriate. Thanks in advance!

  • In reply to gpldan:

    +1, GP

    Big Mouth Dobbins ADMITTED after the game he could have gone lower but INTENTIONALLY went in high.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    It was Mays' first fine, as far as I know. It was definitely his first suspension. Suspensions are very rare for on-field infractions:

    Schaub got lucky when his his helmet came off, even though it did take a piece of his earlobe with it. If it had remained attached to his head, his head would have been rocked backwards and sideways like Cutler's was.

    But the hit would have been much less dramatic, without the blood and gore and flying helmet. The media would have given it less airplay, and the NFL's department of PR, Lawsuit Prevention, and High-Value Player Protection wouldn't have felt compelled to suspend Mays.

  • I love this.

  • Robbie's getting a big head...

    "If those are the conditions we have to play in, I'll just have to adjust. Obviously, those are the types of situations you look for in re-signing with teams. I have a year left on my contract, and I hope to stay a Bear. Those will be situations I take into (consideration). I don't know if I want to deal with that as I get older as a kicker."

    "I'm the fifth-most accurate kicker in the history of the National Football League, and I think if you watch any interview I have never once complained (about) missed field goals based on the surface of the field," Gould said.

  • Hey, maings - you get your ticket situation squared away yet?
    What time do you guys get into O'Hare on the 14th?

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    I will buy my ticket this weekend. I just keep forgetting to do it. I think we're arriving Friday afternoon/eve. Not quite sure.

  • Friday, December 14

    Arrives: 9:01 pm at Chicago - O'Hare, Illinois

    Damn. Doc, get ready to get your drink on after we touch down.

    Rabbit, where are you staying?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    Shady's couch, I thought...
    Have you guys booked a hotel already?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    I get in at 5 pm on the 14th, so I'll likely be face down in a gutter or, with better luck, something else by the time you guys show up.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    Bang! Bang!

    I was thinking of getting the same place I got last time. Pulled twice from the bar there so not that bad at all.

    Uhhhh... hilton right downtown... on whacker I think?

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    If I can hook us up with a condo, you guys still in?
    I'll start making phone calls tomorrow morning.

  • In reply to MikeBrownhadaPosse:

    They all coming in O'Hare? Usually Southwest is the cheaper and better alternative.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    Totally agree with ya Murph but Midway reminds me of a bus station more than an airport.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Ever fly in there BEFORE Daley dropped a billion on it?

    Because then, it was like a seedy bus station in Jersey. The Walking Dead show could have just shot the place as it was, and rolled with it being zombie footage.

  • In reply to gpldan:

    Every picture of pre-renovation Midway looks like it was instagram'ed using that crappy brown-grey filter - except that's just how it was.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    O'Hare caused Midway to all but DISAPPEAR before they renovated and resussitated it.

    Have flown in there a couple of times, last in 2010.
    I think the "BUS STATION" comparison is a bit harsh.

    I find it more convenient than O'Hare but that IS an exciting (steep) landing glide path into Midway.

    Enjoyed watching the NFL at the HARRY CARAY'S there while awaiting departure.

  • In reply to CanadaBear:

    Dont know the last time you flew in there, but its really nice now. gp is right about how it used to be, pretty damn shabby and looked like a seedy greyhound station back in the late 1990's.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    I got my tickets the really cheap way - vouchers from US Airways.
    Normally, though, I would fly Southwest for this trip.

  • The Score and Trib writers thought it pretty uncool for a kicker to gripe about the turf in a downpour like that.

    Tom Dempsey would have used that six iron of a foot he had in a fucking mudslide while an earthquake was happening, and still hit it.

  • So is Noah like a millionaire?

    All joking aside, I like reading about people starting businesses and becoming successful.

  • Although he almost single handedly beat us last week, this is awesome:

    Very likeable guys.

  • What the hell..

    Scary news about 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh being hospitalized w/irregular heartbeat. 49ers announced he's undergoing minor procedure.

  • Minor procedure? Are we talking balloon/cath surgery? Or acupuncture? Because a balloon surgery would probably require bed rest for most of a week.
    This could be a case of quick-acting karma...
    "Hey, uh, Alex. I know your head is not 100%, but you give us a better chance than the rookie. Maybe you should consider toughing this one out, ya know, take one for the team?" Slight pause..."Hey, uh, Alex, my left arm and shoulder is killing me...."

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    Probably Cardioversion Ender, the will put him under, hit him with the paddles, the shock will put the heart back in rhythm. After an hour or two, send him on his way and possibly put him on some meds. I speak from MUCH experience.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    So, will he be cleared to coach Monday, ya think?

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    Barring complications I'd bet on it.

  • In reply to #76 Mongo Murph:

    A few years back I developed atrial fibrillation.Gotta tell you, having your pulse go to 200+ in a matter of seconds is a real rush and not in a good way. I was in the hospital for three days but mostly for observation and tests. Drugs kept it under control so none of the surgical procedures for A-fib were necessary. Interestingly enough, about three months after my ex-wife moved out, all the symptoms disappeared and I've had normal heart rhythm ever since. That was about a year and half ago. IIRC, the same thing happened to the Jets punter when they were last in the playoffs a couple years ago. Their kicker had to punt for the first playoff game but he was back for the next one....

  • In reply to tobijohn:

    You aint tellin me how bad, I've had it steady for more than two weeks at a time. Dealt with it for over 10 years, finally had surgery to relieve the symptons but not the Afib.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    Maybe a little Valium so he can go back and finish watching that Tennessee tape. Haaaaa... uh yeah, not really feeling it. No confidence. Just hoping Detroit gets lucky on Sunday.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I think they're using Xanax these days. At least that's what they put me on...

  • This one's for Jeff, DY, and the other soccer fans on the blog. Brilliant:

  • dabearsblog
    Bears switching press conferences today leads me to believe they are delaying the inevitable: Jason Campbell will start Monday night in SF.
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    When is concussion testing done? Would it already have been done? Do teams/players get to choose the date? Anybody know?

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    Pretty sure the doctor chooses the date.

  • In reply to Crunch Buttsteak:

    I was under the impression that testing was daily until the player is cleared.

  • In reply to EnderWiggin:

    I would assume if he failed the test at any time during the week, he wouldn't get the start, even if he passed it next day.

    The Trib says the Bears use the ImPACT test. I looked into it a little. Didn't learn anything about the protocol. But you can take the test online for a mere $15.

  • Could giving Evan Rodriguez a chance at tight end hurt the Bears?


    Foot fetishizing, Hampton beer stealing joke of a coach Rex Ryan has really fucking stepped in the shit pile on this Tebow thing.

    Tebow, for his part, should have gone to Jacksonville where he would have had a big group of 'his people'. New York City is no place for that choirboy.

    Ryan is getting shitcanned after the season, I'll bet on it. This team is in free fall and he has lost it.

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  • In reply to MB30SD:

    oh, and I couldn't give a smaller fuck if I was a midget.

  • In reply to MB30SD:

    that's what she said....

  • In reply to gpldan:

    true story

  • lach's never been one to pull punches:

  • Alshon practiced on a limited basis.

    Not promising.

  • holy shit, I finally watched the Alex Smith hit. if you even think that Cutlers hit wasn't twice as brutal and make comments about cutlers toughness you're just being a fucking jerkoff.

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