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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 01/24/2011

Report: Jay Cutler has torn MCL

By Cindy Boren

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Jay Cutler felt pressure on the field, too. (Jose M. Osorio / Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler tore his medial collateral ligament in the NFC championship game Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

Sean Jensen, Bears and NFL columnist for the Chicago Sun-Times, tweeted the report and added that the severity of the tear is being determined. Cutler, who played only one series in the second half, underwent an MRI this morning. The Bears have not commented or updated Cutler's condition.

He became an instant Twitter lightning rod for fans and players -- both active and former (some of whom are now punditizing for sports networks) -- speculating on whether he had quit on the Bears.

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By Cindy Boren  | January 24, 2011; 10:56 AM ET
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I'd have to think that no one wanted to play in that game more than Cutler. He's not the greatest QB in the world but he's earned the right to play in a conference championship game. Forget questioning the guy's heart or bravado. He's injured or he'd be out there.

Posted by: BenThere | January 24, 2011 11:30 AM | Report abuse

I don't particularly like the guy, but I have to side with Cutler on this. If you look at his history, he clearly is a tough dude.

In his situation, with the injury he sustained, it's not a question of playing through the pain. If you can't stably plant your feet to throw the ball, you're going to throw a lot of errant passes. Further, it's going to hurt your mobility. The question that surely was going through Cutler's mind was, "In this condition, am I likely to hurt my team more than I can help them?"

The answer is, probably yes.

Suppose a receiver is going across the middle, catches the ball, and then goes to the ground right before he otherwise would have gotten rocked by a safety. Do you criticize the receiver's toughness for not taking a kill shot? Or do you praise him for not risking a fumble, and not risking an injury that would render him unable to help his team?

Unless you're a masochist, the answer is the latter.

It's the same principle with Cutler, except in his case he was already hurt.

Posted by: freakzilla | January 24, 2011 11:26 AM

Posted by: freakzilla | January 24, 2011 11:32 AM | Report abuse

The best was from Deion Sanders, who said he would never question another player's injury, but would question a player's heart.

Looks like the diva who was afraid to hit anyone was questioning a guy who might have been trying (albeit briefly) to play on a torn knee ligament?

I'm not a Cutler fan, by any stretch, but Sanders never should have been hired as an analyst. He's just there because he loves the spotlight and loves to hear himself talk.

Posted by: DC2Dallas | January 24, 2011 11:36 AM | Report abuse

Cutler = Jeff George

Posted by: rmcazz | January 24, 2011 12:10 PM | Report abuse

DC2= and let's not forget to blame the jerks that decided to hire him..

Posted by: scmonty1 | January 24, 2011 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Prime Time woulda never come out da game, even iffin his solid gold Lee Press On Nails was all brokin.

Posted by: Candressuhmoose | January 24, 2011 12:15 PM | Report abuse

What a bunch of classless brainless jerks , all over Cutler for being gutless , a wimp and questioning his heart because he didn't ( couldn't come back ) come back on the field . You are real tough guys , sitting on the sofa or at the computer , boy ,you'd shown him wouldn't you !?? LOL .

Posted by: Koom | January 24, 2011 12:25 PM | Report abuse

This is a guy has been slammed to the ground 50+ times this year and never complained. He plays with Type 1 Diabetes and refuses to let anyone make an issue out of it. There is no way he would pull himself out of a game that he has worked and trained and played his entire life to get to. Let's get serious.

Posted by: krazyj2472002 | January 24, 2011 12:31 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what all the doctors, i.e deranged fans, will say now. I can't count how many people I heard calling Cutler a wimp or worse since yesterday's game. "if you can walk, you can play" etc. Well, if you have a torn MCL, maybe it's best for you and for your team that you DON'T play?

Posted by: Barno1 | January 24, 2011 12:41 PM | Report abuse

Funny all the anti-Deion Sanders talk here. No, he wasn't a hitter. But hitting is a small part of what makes someone a great defensive player. Tackling happens after the offense has a made a play. Sanders' gift was that he prevented the play from happening. The guy was nearly impossible to throw against,and his range/speed made him a threat to snag any pass.

Posted by: Tempy_McJobhunt | January 24, 2011 12:50 PM | Report abuse

@Tempy_McJobhunt
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That's all fine and dandy but someone who dove out of bounds to avoid Chris Samuels on a sweep should never question anyone's heart. Tackling is about desire and heart. Deion had amazing God-given ability. He was easily the best cover corner ever. But he wasn't the best corner ever because he didn't tackle. You notice I didn't say couldn't. I said didn't. Darrell Green, who was much smaller than Deion was a good tackler for a corner because he had heart. Deion has no right to criticize anyone about heart.

Posted by: ouvan59 | January 24, 2011 1:01 PM | Report abuse

This is just a pretty lame article...
I feel there are more interesting aspects
of the game to discuss rather then trashing
Cutler... sickening really...
Some of the Stars being quoted... pretty
lame talk...

Posted by: georgepearce3 | January 24, 2011 1:26 PM | Report abuse

I am no fan of the current Bears Management. Lay off Jay- going after him is cheap shot.

The problem is someone unlocked the closet they had Mike Martz closed up in. Lovie seems generally oblivious.

The whole Bears offensive concept is flawed. Air Martz is High risk based on one QB (who is either exceptional or on another planet), and no contingency plan if the QB gets hurt.

I am surprised they did not hold a raffle of folks in the stands to see who would be the next Sub QB. Forget Caleb. Martz did not know he existed until he ran on the field and started completing passes.

You have to feel for the D. They deserved better.

Posted by: chitownhustler | January 24, 2011 1:36 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if any talking heads will apologize for their unfounded commentary?

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | January 24, 2011 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Rob Dibble's thoughts?

Posted by: longterm | January 24, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully Michael Wilbon will apologize for his classless ESPN article, where he did everything short of calling Cutler a wimp. He used the cheap rhetorical trick of writing, "I would never say that Cutler is soft, but..." *eye-roll*

Posted by: cali_snowboarder | January 24, 2011 1:42 PM | Report abuse

I find it hard to believe that people think Cutler quit on his team. I don't particularly like Cutler, but football players wait their whole life to get a chance to go to the Super Bowl. I just don't think he would throw that away. It's not like Chicago was out of the game at the point Cutler got hurt.

Posted by: JB44 | January 24, 2011 1:44 PM | Report abuse

For sure, a lot people owe Cutler and the Bears an apology. Oh well, as us Cubs fans say - Wait 'til next year!

Posted by: tifoso1 | January 24, 2011 1:46 PM | Report abuse

Deion Sanders is a pretty good analyst compared to Michael Irvin. That Michael Irvin guy need to go. I know Deion Sanders didn't tackle BUT, I must say, Deion Sanders shutdown JERRY RICE. That was the first time I ever saw that. That was when Deion played for Atlanta Falcons and that's how Deion Sanders as put on the map. You can say what you want about our beloved Darrell Green, however, Jerry Rice made plays and touchdowns against Darrell Green.

Tempy_McJobhunt is sooo on point. You don't have to tackle to be a great cornerback and Deion Sanders proved it. And, Deion is laughing to the Hall of Fame!!!

My Redskins Played Winning Superbowl teams the same year they won Superbowls.

Baltimore Ravens - Redskins beat'em. One of the best DEFENSES IN NFL HISTORY...The Redskins beat'em but Ravens won the Superbowl that year.

New Patriot - Their first superbowl win the Redskins beat'em that year.

New Giants - Redskins 2-0 Giants 0-2 we gave them new life and beat the Patriots in the Superbowl.

New Orleans - Almost beat'em last year

Green Bay - Redskins beat'em this year..

Posted by: clifton3 | January 24, 2011 1:56 PM | Report abuse

The Bears were lucky to be in the title game.

let's face it, they would have had a difficult time winning in Philly or Atlanta as the Packers did.

The only game they won in the playoffs was against a team that won ONE more game than the Redskins.

Cutler was sacked 52 times during the regular season. That was the second highest total in the NFL.

So, it isn't surprising that Cutler was eventually knocked out of a game against a team with a solid pass rush.

Chicago fans, always looking for the scapegoat, latched onto Cutler instead of the OL or the front office.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | January 24, 2011 2:01 PM | Report abuse

I am glad that some people are not using a knee jerk reaction and using some common sense here. I really made me mad at the comments that were being put out after the game.
Here these big screen heroe, you know the ones,they are the ones that just can't seem to find the right weather conditions so that they can go see a game so they went out and bought a big screen to pretend.
Or the ex football player being paid to sound off not knowing the facts but like to ole momma used to used to say,talk to hear their head rattle,talk about someone that brought the team where they were, taking hits along the way that would make these people run home to mommy.
Talking trash even though Lovie Smith said before the game started Cutler might not play because of his knee. I expect the knee was the reason for the high throws earlier in the game.
So I told them last night to wait till all the information came out. And those Bear players l would feel a lot worse for them if they hadn't started attacking their own QB.How about how THEY could have protected the quarterback better. Hmmmmm?

Posted by: sdh60455 | January 24, 2011 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I am glad that some people are not using a knee jerk reaction and using some common sense here. I really made me mad at the comments that were being put out after the game.
Here these big screen heroe, you know the ones,they are the ones that just can't seem to find the right weather conditions so that they can go see a game so they went out and bought a big screen to pretend.
Or the ex football player being paid to sound off not knowing the facts but like to ole momma used to used to say,talk to hear their head rattle,talk about someone that brought the team where they were, taking hits along the way that would make these people run home to mommy.
Talking trash even though Lovie Smith said before the game started Cutler might not play because of his knee. I expect the knee was the reason for the high throws earlier in the game.
So I told them last night to wait till all the information came out. And those Bear players l would feel a lot worse for them if they hadn't started attacking their own QB.How about how THEY could have protected the quarterback better. Hmmmmm?

Posted by: sdh60455 | January 24, 2011 2:09 PM | Report abuse

neon deon was a great quarterback? are you guys kiddi- oh, sorry.

Posted by: shabbyreader | January 24, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Lovie Smith announced, as did ESPN, that it was NOT a tear but a sprain. They are NOT the same. As the sports doctor noted on ESPN, such an injury is painful for a couple of weeks but doesn't require surgery, doesn't require crutches, doesn't require rehab.

Cutler could have played but he quit. Phillip Rivers played six quarters of playoff football with a torn ACL, an injury that does require surgery. As Mike Ditka said this AM, he would have to be paralyzed to come off the field in a NFC Championsh­ip game. Mike Golic said the same thing.

Cutler was playing like crap, and he obviously didn't want one of the worst playoff performanc­es in history to go down on his permanent record, so he simply bailed.

He walked around, rode the bike, stood on the sideline, he simply didn't want to be out there. And when the camera showed him sitting next to Haine, who was looking at position photos and could have used some advice from the starting QB, Cutler ignored him. Cutler couldn't have been more checked out if he was seen listening to his iPod.

Disgracefu­l.

Posted by: filmex | January 24, 2011 3:22 PM | Report abuse

I'm just sorry the Bears didn't pull him in the first quarter, for whatever reason. It was clear to me that he was beaten in his heart after the second series.

On the bright side, I think the Bears have a pretty good third-string QB! Why they continue to pay Collins is a mystery, however; maybe time to cut that one loose.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | January 24, 2011 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I dont ever remember "Prime Time" making a tackle to get injured.

Layoff Cutler, he didnt pull himself out. He has an MCL injury, sheesh. I had one and it hurts.

Posted by: jdelis | January 24, 2011 4:03 PM | Report abuse

I don't know the extent of Cutler's injury, nor of the courage in his heart and I don't really care. But Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin criticizing him is the height of absurdity. Let's forget for one second that Deion's career was all about NOT hitting or getting hit and Michael Irvin ran screaming over more lines to avoid hits than he could possibly snort in a lifetime.

No, I mearly point you to the 1996 playoff game between the fading dynasty Cowboys and the newly formed Carolina Panthers. The Panthers fierce defense spent the better part of the day battering the Cowboys all over the field. At one point, the Cowboys tried to run an end around with Deion to the left side and two Panthers LBs (think it was Greene and Mills, but Lathon or Bailey could have been in on it), converged on him and buried his tender a$$ so hard he was knocked loopy. Or so it seemed. Replays however, showed the defenders helmets cracked squarely together a good four inches above Deion's head. Deion was apparently nearly knocked out from the mere sound. He was taken to the sideline, not to return. In the same game, Irvin left the game with a shoulder injury (said to be a fractured collarbone) that relegated him to the role of a disinterested observer relaxing on the bench, where he seemed to have little trouble moving his arms. Hmmm. I don't know what was in their hearts that day either, but if they can speculate then so can I and it looked an awful lot to me and everyone else in that room at the time that they knew they were at the end of their run and they wanted no part of the beating the Panthers defense was laying on them.

Two of the most gutless players of all time. People who live in glass houses, 'Boys, should stick to critiqueing Ocho-Stinko dance moves and leave the football commentary to the men.

Posted by: jeffgraham117 | January 24, 2011 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I don't know the extent of Cutler's injury, nor of the courage in his heart and I don't really care. But Deion Sanders and Michael Irvin criticizing him is the height of absurdity. Let's forget for one second that Deion's career was all about NOT hitting or getting hit and Michael Irvin ran screaming over more lines to avoid hits than he could possibly snort in a lifetime.

No, I mearly point you to the 1996 playoff game between the fading dynasty Cowboys and the newly formed Carolina Panthers. The Panthers fierce defense spent the better part of the day battering the Cowboys all over the field. At one point, the Cowboys tried to run an end around with Deion to the left side and two Panthers LBs (think it was Greene and Mills, but Lathon or Bailey could have been in on it), converged on him and buried his tender a$$ so hard he was knocked loopy. Or so it seemed. Replays however, showed the defenders helmets cracked squarely together a good four inches above Deion's head. Deion was apparently nearly knocked out from the mere sound. He was taken to the sideline, not to return. In the same game, Irvin left the game with a shoulder injury (said to be a fractured collarbone) that relegated him to the role of a disinterested observer relaxing on the bench, where he seemed to have little trouble moving his arms. Hmmm. I don't know what was in their hearts that day either, but if they can speculate then so can I and it looked an awful lot to me and everyone else in that room at the time that they knew they were at the end of their run and they wanted no part of the beating the Panthers defense was laying on them.

Two of the most gutless players of all time. People who live in glass houses, 'Boys, should stick to critiqueing Ocho-Stinko dance moves and leave the football commentary to the men.

Posted by: jeffgraham117 | January 24, 2011 5:14 PM | Report abuse

I'm not a Cutler fan, by any stretch, but Sanders never should have been hired as an analyst. He's just there because he loves the spotlight and loves to hear himself talk.

Posted by: DC2Dallas

And we are on blogs reading our own post. How are we any different than Dion? We love the attention just as much as he does. You are just upset that he actually gets paid for his opinions and you dont. If I had a dollar for every time I read a blogger trying to determine who should have a job or who should be fired i could quit mine.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 24, 2011 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Prime Time woulda never come out da game, even iffin his solid gold Lee Press On Nails was all brokin.

Posted by: Candressuhmoos


Say what you want about prime time but in his day you would have wanted him on your team regardless if he could hit or not. Thats how good he was.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 24, 2011 5:23 PM | Report abuse

What this shows is just because we have real time technology does not make us any smarter or clairvoyant. If there was no twitter there would be no story because we all would have kept our premature opinions to ourselves until we found out what was wrong with him. Just because we can speculate in real time does not change the fact that we are just speculating. We know nothing until we hear the facts. We all think we are analyst just because we have internet access.

Posted by: ged0386 | January 24, 2011 5:28 PM | Report abuse

HE PULLED A TROY AIKMAN. WHEN EVER HE WAS LOSING HE WOULD GO DOWN SCREAMING OH MY HEAD OH MY FOOT OH MY BUTT.

Posted by: kittymom28 | January 24, 2011 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Put a fork in Jay Cutler, he's done in the NFL. The new Jeff George.

Cutler won't recover from this anymore than Jim Everett recovered after broadcaster Jim Rome called him "Chris Evert" after word got Everett he was afraid of getting hit. Everett was finished in the NFL after Rome's remarks.

Remember Ladanian Tomlinson was considered a Hall of Fame running back until he "pulled a Cutler" in a playoff game while with San Diego, taking himself out of the game and sulking on the sidelines, Cutler style, after a minor injury.

The winner here: Maurice Jones Drew! Drew's comment about Cutler will go down in history, "Hey I think the Urban Meyer rule is effect right now... When the going gets tough........QUIT."
__________

What's the antonym for Willis Reed (who courageously played Wilt on one leg in Game 7)?

Answer: Jay Christopher Cutler

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 24, 2011 7:58 PM | Report abuse

In future submission MMA matches, can the fighter who wants to give up just say: Cutler?

Posted by: broadwayjoe | January 24, 2011 8:06 PM | Report abuse

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