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Ben Utecht | Tight End

Team: Unsigned Free Agent
Age / DOB:  (35) / 6/30/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'6' / 251
College: Minnesota

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Retired TE Ben Utecht claims his memory is fading away after suffering multiple concussions.
Utecht suffered at least five documented concussions over the course of his playing career and was forced to retire in 2009 after a string of brain injuries during that summer's training camp. He revealed he spent eight months in rehab battling dizziness, amnesia, sleeplessness, and night sweats. Utecht realized his memory was fading when he failed to remember attending a friend's wedding in which he was a groomsman after his retirement. Utecht is 32. Wed, Jun 25, 2014 03:57:00 PM
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Retired TE Ben Utecht won a $925,000 grievance against the Bengals when an arbitrator ruled a team doctor shouldn't have cleared Utecht to play following a severe training-camp concussion.

Utecht received the balance of his 2009 base salary. At the time, the Bengals released Utecht with an "injury settlement" just over one year into a three-year, $9 million contract. Utecht is now a singer-songwriter at age 32. He claims he's experiencing memory loss due to concussions.
Source: FOX Sports
Sun, Jul 14, 2013 11:30:00 AM

The Baltimore Sun suggests free agent Ben Utecht as a possible signing for the Ravens if they don't get a top tight end in the draft.

Perhaps the Sun has information on Utecht that we don't, but we get the feeling that the concussion-prone 29-year-old is a serious candidate for retirement. Utecht, cut by the Bengals in November, has drawn no interest.
Thu, Apr 22, 2010 01:17:00 PM

Bengals released TE Ben Utecht.

Utecht is out for the season after suffering a series of concussions during training camp. He has a long history of concussions and may never play football again.
Tue, Nov 17, 2009 04:04:00 PM

Bengals placed TE Ben Utecht (concussion) on injured reserve, ending his season.

Utecht suffered a serious concussion early in training camp, and he's still feeling the effects. Since he has a history of concussions and risks long-term damage, Utecht's career could be over.
Mon, Aug 31, 2009 12:27:00 PM writer Geoff Hobson suggests TE Ben Utecht could miss the season after suffering a serious concussion last week.

Utecht is expected to make a decision after meeting with neurologists Monday and Tuesday. The concern is that he has a history of suffering concussions, and he could do long-term damage if he continues to play.
Mon, Aug 10, 2009 09:36:00 AM

Bengals TE Ben Utecht was released from the hospital Thursday morning after suffering a concussion in Wednesday evening's practice.

Tests came back normal, indicating Utecht suffered no structural damage to his spine or head. Still, it appears Utecht was severely concussed and will be out for awhile.
Thu, Aug 6, 2009 11:28:00 AM

Bengals TE Ben Utecht was carted off the practice field Wednesday evening, but only diagnosed with a concussion.

The Bengals got lucky. Utecht's neck was immobilized and he went to the hospital, but as a precaution. While he won't miss the season like Reggie Kelly, concussions have long been an issue for Utecht. He's out indefinitely.
Wed, Aug 5, 2009 08:13:00 PM

The Bengals may ask Ben Utecht to stay on the line and block more after Reggie Kelly's season-ending Achilles' tear.

Utecht's long been a weak blocker, but desperate times call for desperate measures. The 6'6/250-pounder needs to be in the weight room all August.
Tue, Aug 4, 2009 12:11:00 PM

Bengals declared TE Ben Utecht, LT Levi Jones, S Chinedum Ndukwe, CB David Jones, RB Kenny Watson, DE Antwan Odom, third QB Carson Palmer, and DE Eric Henderson inactive for Week 14.

Anthony Collins again starts at left tackle and is unlikely to have success against Dwight Freeney. Darryl Blackstock gets the start for Odom.
Sun, Dec 7, 2008 11:53:00 AM

Ben Utecht tore the plantar fascia in his foot in the Bengals' Week 13 loss.

He is in danger of missing the rest of 2008. Utecht isn't usually quick to recover from injuries and doesn't play much of a role in the team's offense.
Mon, Dec 1, 2008 03:55:00 PM

Bengals TE Ben Utecht was sidelined with a foot injury during Sunday's game.

There's been no word on the severity, but Utecht has been ruled out for the rest of the game.
Sun, Nov 30, 2008 03:02:00 PM

Coach Marvin Lewis revealed Friday that Ben Utecht suffered a hip pointer in the Bengals' Week 12 loss to Pittsburgh.

Utecht had his best game of the year (three catches for 36 yards) Thursday, which isn't saying much. The $9 million tight end continues to disappoint.
Fri, Nov 21, 2008 02:47:00 PM

Ben Utecht caught two passes for 21 yards in Week 9 against the Jaguars.

Utecht's numbers will continue to be unimpressive while Ryan Fitzpatrick is quarterbacking. And with Chris Henry back, there just aren't that many targets to go around.
Sun, Nov 2, 2008 05:24:00 PM

Bengals coach Marvin Lewis expects TE Ben Utecht (chest) to play in Week 9.

With Chris Henry back and Ryan Fitzgerald at quarterback, any upside Utecht may have had has been minimized. He has only nine catches on the season.
Wed, Oct 29, 2008 01:28:00 PM

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