WBEZ | injuries http://www.wbez.org/tags/injuries Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en A glimpse at the Bears http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-05/glimpse-bears-99507 <p><div class="image-insert-image " style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Bears%20Offensive%20Coordinagtor%20Mike%20Tice%20oversees%20QB%20Jay%20Cutler.jpg" title="New Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice oversees quarterback Jay Cutler. (AP/Charles Rex Arbogast)" /></div><p>The Bears don&rsquo;t really start hitting for another two months, when the club travels down to Bourbonnais for training camp. Still, fans are already salivating for any news of their team.</p><p>Starting this week the team does OTA&rsquo;s (organized team activities) on the field at Halas Hall. No real hitting happens here, but it&rsquo;s an opportunity to implement plays, add new wrinkles to the offense and take stock in the new personnel on the field (and those players who are missing).</p><p>Not surprisingly, Matt Forte is&nbsp;not taking part in the OTA action. He has yet to sign a one-year franchise tag contract worth over $7 million. Forte and his agent can continue talking with the Bears front office about a multi-year deal until July 16<sup>th</sup>; after that he can only return for the franchise tag offer. Essentially, the former second round pick from Tulane can remain off the field until the season begins. After that point, he will lose money until the dispute is resolved.</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Bears%20linebacker%20Brian%20Urlacher%20walking%20through%20OTA%20drills.jpg" style="float: right; height: 353px; width: 300px;" title="Despite nursing a knee injury Brian Urlacher goes through OTA drills. (AP/Charles Rex Arborgast)" /></div><p>There are issues for both sides signing Matt Forte to a long term deal. Last year, he was involved with most of the team&rsquo;s offense, and despite ending the year with a knee injury, made the Pro-Bowl. The Bears have to determine how long he will be productive at a huge salary, giving the fact that he will be entering his fifth season and the offense will likely be more balanced, with the recent moves to enhance the passing game. During the off-season the Bears signed former Oakland Raider running back Michael Bush. He takes advantage of Forte&rsquo;s absence by taking first team repetitions.</p><p>Besides missing Forte, wide receiver Johnny Knox was on the sidelines -- wearing a baseball cap, unable to do any activity on the field. He&rsquo;s optimistic, but the reality of his severe spinal injury makes most observers believe he will not be playing any time soon&hellip;if at all. Knox said he initially lost 30 pounds and has regained ten of it. His road to recovery will be a long, long process physically and mentally. Incidentally, Knox has not viewed the replay on the hit that caused the devastating injury&hellip;probably a good idea.</p><p>Thirteen-year veteran Brian Urlacher was on the field but was just walking through plays. He&rsquo;s recovering from knee surgery, the result of an injury suffered during last season&rsquo;s final game.</p><p>The Bears offensive line is still missing right tackle Gabe Carimi, but he is expected to be back for June&rsquo;s mini-camp. His return may be one key to the much maligned offensive line. However, if he isn&rsquo;t able to go, the Bears will need to upgrade that position. Former number one pick Chris Williams is competing with J&rsquo;Marcus Webb for the left tackle spot. &nbsp;</p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/Bears%20receiver%20Johnny%20Knox%20gives%20an%20update%20of%20his%20spine%20injury..jpg" style="float: left; height: 348px; width: 300px;" title="Bears receiver Johnny Knox gives an update to his spinal injury. (AP/Charles Rex Arbogast)" /></div><p>Will all these injuries, is there a silver lining for quarterback Jay Cutler and the new members of his offense? Cutler intimated that the change in coordinators (Mike Tice replaced Mike Martz) and the addition of his former Denver quarterback coach Jeremy Bates (he is in the same role with the Bears) gives him a chance to shape plays. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s a give and take and a breath of fresh air around here,&rdquo; says Cutler. &ldquo;Everyone gives ideas and we pick the best ones that work for everybody.&rdquo;</p><p>The Bears QB seems impressed with the receiving corps, including big targets, former Denver teammate Brandon Marshall and South Carolina rookie Alshon Jeffery; he also sang the praises of Devin Hester. Cutler sees Marshall as an asset to the younger receivers on the club in preparing for games. Brandon Marshall said it has taken him seven years to mature to that role. &ldquo;I recognize how important it is to bring those guys along,&rdquo; he says.&nbsp;He will assist in route technique and help off the field.</p><p>The new Bears receiver also relishes the intensity of his new fan base. &ldquo;I feel a sense of urgency around here,&rdquo; he says. &ldquo;I understand the passion and that is the type of fans I want to be around.&rdquo;</p><p>It won&rsquo;t be long before Brandon Marshall feels the passion up close: Bears training camp opens in front of those fans in mid-July. And right now that group is very&nbsp;hungry.</p></p> Fri, 25 May 2012 07:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/cheryl-raye-stout/2012-05/glimpse-bears-99507 Indiana payout limited to five million for collapse victims http://www.wbez.org/story/indiana-payout-limited-five-million-collapse-victims-90819 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/story/photo/2011-August/2011-08-19/Stage Collapse flickr.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Indiana lawyers are looking for additional liable parties from last Saturday's stage collapse at the state fair. By law, the damages the state of Indiana could pay victims is capped at five million dollars in total.</p><p>Lawyer Mark Ladendorf represents one of the dozens of injured people from the collapse. "In this case you are significantly dividing that amount by the number of potential plaintiffs that might exist and you're dividing it into almost nothing at some point," he said.</p><p>Ladendorf said more lawsuits are likely to be filed - perhaps against stage designers and engineers or the concert promoter. The state is launching an investigation, and Ladendorf said lawyers be doing the same. He said, "You never want the fox to guard the henhouse, you know?" He added that this accident may prompt a new look at the state's law of a five million dollar cap.</p><p>On Friday a sixth person died due to injuries from the collapse. Jennifer Haskell was a college senior at Ball State University.<br> &nbsp;</p></p> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 20:36:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/indiana-payout-limited-five-million-collapse-victims-90819 Why NFL players oppose more games on the schedule http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-02/why-nfl-players-oppose-more-games-schedule-83244 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/57096_goodell_football AP Wilfredo Lee.jpg" alt="" /><p><p>Football season is over but the battle over an National Football League labor agreement continues. The NFL&rsquo;s collective bargaining agreement expires at the end of the day Thursday. If players and owners can&rsquo;t hash out a new agreement there will be a lockout. That means a lot less to do on Sundays this coming fall. Issues up for grabs include the number of regular season games and disability coverage for players.<em><br /><br />Eight Forty-Eight</em> decided to poke into some of these sticking points &ndash; many of which have directly affected some of Chicago&rsquo;s players. <em>Eight Forty-Eight</em> spoke to ESPN's <a target="_blank" href="http://search.espn.go.com/lester-munson/">Lester Munson</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.upmc.com/mediarelations/experts/pages/expertspage.aspx?expertid=146">Dr. Mark Lovell</a> of the Sports Medicine Concussion Program at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center and <a target="_blank" href="http://www.braininjuryresearchinstitute.org/about-us/">Garrett Webster</a>, administrator at the Brain Injury Institute and son of Hall of Famer Mike&nbsp;Webster.<br /><br />Tuesday night a U.S. District Judge in Minnesota ruled on the television contract issue. Judge Doty found that the NFL violated the collective bargaining agreement by negotiating a lockout provision with the TV networks. This is a major victory for the <a target="_blank" href="http://www.nflplayers.com/">NFL Players&rsquo; Association</a>.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><em>Note: Additional audio was obtained from NFL Films.</em></p></p> Wed, 02 Mar 2011 15:11:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/2011-03-02/why-nfl-players-oppose-more-games-schedule-83244 Plane catches fire at Springfield airport http://www.wbez.org/story/airplane/plane-catches-fire-springfield-airport <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/airborne plane.JPG" alt="" /><p><p>Investigators are trying to figure out what caused a non-commercial plane to catch fire at the Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport in Springfield.</p><p>WUIS Radio says no major injuries were reported after the incident Thursday morning. The plane caught fire after a hard landing.</p><p>Sangamon County Sheriff Neil Williamson says six people were on the plane, and two passengers suffered neck and back injuries.</p><p>The Air National Guard and officials with the Springfield Airport Authority are looking into the accident.</p></p> Thu, 06 Jan 2011 20:00:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/story/airplane/plane-catches-fire-springfield-airport LaHood: Drivers should never use cell phones http://www.wbez.org/story/governing/lahood-drivers-should-never-use-cell-phones <p><p>Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood says there is no way to drive safely when you're talking on a cell phone, even if you're using a hands-free device. In an <a target="_blank" href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-10-08/lahood-weighs-urging-u-s-ban-on-all-driver-phone-use-in-cars.html">interview with Bloomberg News</a>, he said that even talking through hands-free technology is a &quot;cognitive distraction.&quot;</p><p>&quot;Last year, 5,500 people were killed as a result of distracted driving and half a million were injured,&quot; he tells NPR's Jennifer Ludden. &quot;Those are big numbers. A lot of lives and a lot of injuries can be saved if people take personal responsibility ... and put their cell phone or Blackberry in the glove compartment.&quot;</p><p>While automakers seem to be headed in a different direction, installing new devices to help drivers stay more connected, LaHood says he thinks they can be part of the solution. He has personally called Subaru's CEO to compliment the company on a <a target="_blank" href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2qf8OGLqE1s">recent ad</a> that discourages cell phone use while driving.</p><p>&quot;We have support from the technology industry,&quot; LaHood says, in addition to some insurance companies.</p><p>The Transportation Department plans further research, and Secretary LaHood says he may push for Congress to institute a national ban on all cell phone use while driving.&nbsp; If so, he'd follow similar moves by local units of government around the nation, including the City of Chicago.</p><p>But compliance and enforcement could present a problem since the devices are so ubiquitous. LaHood likens the battle to earlier campaigns to get drivers to buckle up.</p><p>&quot;Now, because of good laws and good enforcement, 85 percent of people buckle up,&quot; he says.</p><p>He cites a recent effort in which Hartford, Conn., and Syracuse, N.Y., were each given grants to ramp up enforcement of cell phone bans.</p><p>&quot;In four days, 5,000 tickets were written, combined,&quot; he says. It's a way to change &quot;very dangerous behavior.&quot; </p><p>Copyright 2010 National Public Radio. </p></p> Tue, 26 Oct 2010 12:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/story/governing/lahood-drivers-should-never-use-cell-phones