Jay Cutler's toughness is not an issue with Brian Urlacher
Within moments after Jay Cutler came out of the Chicago Bears' NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers because of a knee injury, the social-media second-guessing was seriously underway.
And @jaycutlersheart was up and running on Twitter. (Bio: I hurt my knee. No, seriously, I was really hurt. I couldn't go.)
Cutler, who said he will undergo an MRI on the knee he hurt in the first half, said he had "no comment on that" when asked about those who questioned his toughness and added that it wasn't his decision to come out of the game. His coach, Lovie Smith, said the decision came from the team's medical staff. "There was no decision at all," Smith said. "He was injured. He was hurt and he couldn't go. The trainers and doctors ... made that decision."
His teammate, Brian Urlacher, was angrily outspoken in his defense of Cutler. "Jay was hurt," Urlacher said. "I don't question his toughness. He's tough as hell. He's one of the toughest guys on our football team. He doesn't [gripe]. He doesn't complain when he gets hit. He goes out there and plays his [butt] off every Sunday. He practices every single day. So, no, we don't question his toughness."
Among the Twitter criticisms from NFL players:
All I'm saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee... I played the whole season on one...
If I'm on chicago team jay cutler has to wait till me and the team shower get dressed and leave before he comes in the locker room! #FACT
If my knee was hurt or acl/mcl/pcl sprain, I would not be standing up on the sideline. #jaycutler
Knee-gate in Chicago
Urlacher's response to tweets from players?
"Nothing like jealous people who are sitting home watching," Urlacher said. "Players around the league you said, right? Yeah, love jealous people when they're watching our game on TV while their season is over."
| January 23, 2011; 7:25 PM ET
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