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Report: Cutler has MCL tear

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After Jay Cutler left Sunday’s game with a knee injury, NFL Network analyst Deion Sanders jokes that he “better see” Dr.  James Andrews operate live on Cutler or he wouldn’t be satisfied with Cutler leaving the game.

It sounds like a surgery may indeed be in Cutler’s future.

Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun-Times reports Cutler tore his MCL during the loss to the Packers.  The team is determining the grade of tear, which could help determine if the injury could heal naturally.

As MDS pointed out earlier, Cutler has only missed one start in his career.  That was for a concussion in 2010.

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  1. 4dabears says: Jan 24, 2011 11:19 AM

    Sorry to hear this… even more sorry ‘bad Jay’ was in attendance yesterday.

  2. harpoo51 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:19 AM

    Bears fans you owe Jay Cutler an apology!

  3. clayjayhawk says: Jan 24, 2011 11:20 AM

    I’m sure it will heal on it’s own without surgery……by next week. crybaby.

  4. iluvwikileaks says: Jan 24, 2011 11:21 AM

    Lots of people owe this poor guy a huge apology.

  5. rpiotr01 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:21 AM

    Well then there ya go. It is what it is.

    If anything blame the Bears for not putting a release out there right away saying something like, “Cutler has a knee injury and has not been medically cleared to play by doctors.” At least it takes pressure off your guy.

  6. mrplow3 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:22 AM

    If you actually believe that the Bears would allow anything other than “Jay has a serious injury” to be released after this debacle, well, I’ve got some ocean front property in Arizona that may interest you.

  7. nopuntintended says: Jan 24, 2011 11:23 AM

    Why don’t you cry about it Jay

  8. connie75 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:23 AM

    From MJD’s teammate Terrance Knighton on twitter:

    “@Jones_Drew32 played all season with a terrible knee injury and Carried our team and he plays running back. Don’t wanna Excuses for Cutler”

  9. ryfo18 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:24 AM

    My favorite criticism was from Maurice Jones-Drew: “All I’m saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee… I played the whole season on one…”

    Where was MJD the last 2 games of the year then when his team was fighting for the playoffs.

    Also, the “Philip Rivers played through a torn ACL” argument is lame. Rivers got a cortisone shot. You can’t really do the same if you have diabetes, as someone posted earlier.

  10. oldbyrd says: Jan 24, 2011 11:24 AM

    Don’t ya just love all the critics that shoot their mouths off before they get the facts.. Im an Eagles fan but, Jay Cutler is a tough guy….FACT. He missed one game in what 4 years? Problem is for Jay….He just doesn”t have a big mouth like Dion and others.

  11. pervyharvin says: Jan 24, 2011 11:26 AM

    Now say you are sorry everyone!!

  12. jc1958coo says: Jan 24, 2011 11:27 AM

    i hope all those twitters say thier sorry

  13. crubenst says: Jan 24, 2011 11:27 AM

    Most MCL tears don’t require surgery but could still have been bad enough to keep him out of the game. So you can’t judge his toughness by whether or not he has surgery.

  14. omegalh says: Jan 24, 2011 11:27 AM

    Back the overreaction train up. Going to be a late arrival into FootinMouth Station.

  15. Davo says: Jan 24, 2011 11:27 AM

    There’s a typo in this article: You put quotes around
    “better see”..

    …you forgot to put them around “analyst”.

  16. hookermctitties says: Jan 24, 2011 11:29 AM

    The Bears are who we thought they were!!! Crappy!!!

  17. sydspirit says: Jan 24, 2011 11:29 AM

    So now all the people that “called him out” will now publicly apologize, right? Once again people shoot their mouths off without waiting to have all the information.

  18. ch0rn says: Jan 24, 2011 11:30 AM

    Deion Sanders called in sick to work today with turf toe

  19. windycitygobears says: Jan 24, 2011 11:33 AM

    Anyone who questions Jay’s toughness didn’t want him play this year. Especially the first part of the season. He was getting assaulted. The sacks were well documented (including 9 against the Giants in the first half alone before being knocked out with a concussion). What doesn’t receive nearly as much press is how many times he had to peel himself off of the turf after yet another crushing hit.

    Never once did he complain or throw his line under the bus. He just went back to the huddle and ran the next play. There are lots of things that can be said about Jay, but no one should question his toughness.

  20. crimhollingsworth says: Jan 24, 2011 11:34 AM

    This Cutler injury has become a nice security blanket for Bears fans. “HE WAS HURT!!! HE IS TOUGH AS HELL AND URLACHER SEZ SO!!!”

    Down 14-0 is what Jay Cutler got you. He was scared of Green Bay’s D they had him looking for Forte as soon as the ball was snapped.

  21. ncjjdix says: Jan 24, 2011 11:34 AM

    Deion Sanders is a punk….. His crap this morning with Micheal Irvin was a joke.. Those two need to apologize for their little Whiny Tirade….. TORN MCL…… Yeah Why didn’t he go back out??? Idiots….. Get the facts.. Jones Drew didn’t play last 2 games..let’s call him out…..
    Clifton, left game with a knee to the head…let’s call him out…..

    Yeah didn’t think so…. Lotta fans in here that love to shoot their mouth while their teams are NOT in the playoffs…

    2nd best team in the NFC… Great season after getting told they will be 4-12 behind the Lions!!!!

  22. ncjjdix says: Jan 24, 2011 11:34 AM

    Why didn’t Brett Favre play the last few games???? Exactly!!!!

  23. ninjapleazee says: Jan 24, 2011 11:34 AM

    did people forget that he TRIED to make a throw in the beginning of the half and couldn’t plant his leg and the ball fell to the ground infront of Hester… that’s when he sat out..

    of course 2 seahawk defensive players would talk smack because he tore their defense up the week prior..

    and Deion.. weren’t you also called a whimp during your playing days because you couldnt tackle if your life depended on it

  24. fin72 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:34 AM

    I knew they’d go with “MCL injury”… It’s the perfect cop-out becaue it usually doesn’t require surgery and it sounds sever enough to explain his absence.

  25. riverhorsey says: Jan 24, 2011 11:34 AM

    The guy missed one start in his career.

    Randy Moss has started, played the whole game and still missed the game.

  26. imarques82 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:36 AM

    I’m somewhat disappointed at the coverage.

    Cutler is a Diabetic and any serious injury can turn catastrophic if not properly cared for. IMO, the doctors were just looking after him. They weren’t sure of the exact injury and they didn’t want to risk it.

  27. ncjjdix says: Jan 24, 2011 11:36 AM

    hookermctitties says:
    Jan 24, 2011 11:29 AM
    The Bears are who we thought they were!!! Crappy!!!

    Who is your team???? Better jump on a bandwagon buddy…

    Wow …how does a Crappy team go 11-5 and lose by only 7 with a 3rd string QB in , in the NFC Championship..that makes the other 14 team,s what???????

  28. wwwmattcom says: Jan 24, 2011 11:37 AM

    I will root for jay next year, hoping he can throw it in the haters faces. Otherwise I don’t think Chicago had a chance to win this game anyway. Sorry bears fans. I just think the pack is more geared at this point in the season.

  29. flyinhighwithvick says: Jan 24, 2011 11:40 AM

    I love how Deion’s opinion is supposed to matter.

  30. bradshawlives says: Jan 24, 2011 11:40 AM

    If Cutler hadn’t gotten hurt the Bears would’ve lost by 35 points. He was terrible.

  31. gregjennings85 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:41 AM

    Like I said on the other thread: A completely torn ACL would be a lot less painful to play on than a partially torn MCL with Meniscal damage.

    The latter would be bone-on-bone. While it wouldn’t typically hurt to stand on, throwing with little cartilage left would be agonizing.

  32. hulksmash15 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:41 AM

    How dare he not put a gun to Lovie’s head and demand to re-enter the game! The never of this wuss!

  33. shotgunformation5wide says: Jan 24, 2011 11:41 AM

    The ones questioning his toughness are the ones who lost money on the Bears! :(

  34. philwauke says: Jan 24, 2011 11:42 AM

    So this guy took a beating at Vanderbilt then he takes a beating all year with the bears. Then he’s sacked 9 times in one game this year and never comes out and people question his toughness?

  35. ratedrsuperstar1331 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:43 AM

    I’ve been listening to people crucify Cutler for the last day. Let’s face it, if he stays in the game and continues to try and plant his feet to throw, and he throws four or five interceptions, people will destroy him for lousy play that cost the Bears the game. Basically for Jay, it’s a lose-lose situation. Either he sits out and is a quitter or he plays with the injury, plays poorly, and is villainized for a poor performance.

  36. polegojim says: Jan 24, 2011 11:43 AM

    OK, so he was hurt more than everyone thought.
    That’s too bad, really, I mean that.

    But – sadly – his past emotional and professional performance cast the serious mountain of doubt.

    Even if the shots at him were unfair, whether he was hurt enough to sit out or not, it is JAY who brought on the criticism via the many meltdowns and displays worthy of ridicule.

    We saw it in Denver, in the news, and you’ve seen it in Chicago. Sorry Jay – you reap what you sow, hurt or not.

  37. deepbacksidedig says: Jan 24, 2011 11:47 AM

    Cutler was hurt by his own attitude. Jimmy Johnson, others pointed out if he can’t get excited, show something other than sullen pouting, he needs to fake it.

    The killer image yesterday was Cutler pedaling on the bike, then sitting on the bench, frowning, appearing lost in a personal issue, detached.

    Chicago fans love to love their guys, and he is just impossible to warm up to.

    It always appears as though he doesn’t really care, that the entire thing is an unpleasant ordeal for him, that he somehow disapproves of everything going on around him.

    So doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt.

  38. footballfan292 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:48 AM

    The question is…could he have still played? There have been QBs that have played with fractures and all sorts of injuries. If it’s not a complete tear and he’s walking around without a limp, people will still question his toughness.

  39. bsizemore68 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:48 AM

    Only an idiot would compare one knee injury with another persons knee, however we are talking about pro football players with medical degrees who know all. Bill

  40. broncobeta says: Jan 24, 2011 11:51 AM

    Most people don’t think that Cutler was faking, they just think he doesn’t care. The guy just pouts around the sideline with a bored look on his face.

  41. dja1287 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:51 AM

    I personally have never been a big fan of cutler. that being said I didn’t think for a second that he wasn’t seriously hurt. The whole season I was having David Carr flashbacks because of how bad that OLine was. I wonder if this were Donavan McNabb what (fans/ESPN) would be saying. Probably crucifying the fans for getting on poor little McNabb. I’m also kind of surprised that the players would lash out like that. Makes you wonder why they can’t get a new CBA. The players don’t even have each others back.

  42. dja1287 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:52 AM

    @ratedrsuperstar1331

    completely agree

  43. joetoronto says: Jan 24, 2011 11:57 AM

    To everybody that keeps comparing MJD missing the last two games of the season to Cutler yesterday.

    MJD played in 14 games with his knee injury, how can you compare Cutler not playing ONE HALF to that?

    Try again.

  44. tru2gu says: Jan 24, 2011 11:57 AM

    Haterz who trash a guy who suffered a STUNNING number of sacks and who has missed ONE game in his career due to concussion and has the support of his teammates are pathetic. The guy has proven his toughness, and his commitment. And to give him a hard time because he was a bit choked up in the post game locker room after tearing up a knee is PATHETIC. What is this, kindergarten? Lame, PFT.

  45. delaney37 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:57 AM

    Sure Cutler maybe injured??? However that does not excuse disconnect with the game and as the “leader”. He looked like a whipped puppy. A real leader would have helped the 3rd string qb(while he was looking at the playbook) and rallied his team.

  46. mannyicey says: Jan 24, 2011 12:00 PM

    He had an MCL tear. That news is almost congratulatory in nature.

    “Jay has an MCL tear! Yaaay!”

    I’m not a Cutler fan either, but the guy’s a man and I hate it when people question other people’s hearts in football. No one glides into the NFL, let alone starts. No one.

  47. broncfanor says: Jan 24, 2011 12:01 PM

    Cutler is the only one who needs to apologize.

    Many players have continued to play with MCL’s as well as other injuries some of which more severe.

    He quit, plain and simple.

  48. cletusvandam says: Jan 24, 2011 12:03 PM

    did u really think they were going to come out and say there was nothing wrong with him? c’mon.

  49. kennyrogerschicken says: Jan 24, 2011 12:03 PM

    I wonder what Philip Rivers has to say? Aren’t he and Cutler friends?

    Regardless of Cutler being hurt or not, the better playing QB was in the game for the Bears at the end.

  50. jerruhjones says: Jan 24, 2011 12:04 PM

    You’re an idiot Deion.

  51. stockpickgame says: Jan 24, 2011 12:06 PM

    Cutler should demand a trade from Chicago…He took a 9 sack beating in the Giant game before getting knocked out. He’s missed one start in four years. Jay and his wife are involved in various charities around the city of Chicago, and this is how he is portrayed in the media. Chicago is home to ignorant, classless jerks. The Bears didn’t win so now there is a need for a scapegoat. The scapegoat is a guy with diabetes who took 52 sacks on the year and has a torn MCL. Why not point the finger at Angelo for not going out and getting Bulger as the back-up??? Why not Lovie?? Last year, everyone wanted these two fired. Bottom line, Chicago doesn’t deserve Cutler, and Cutler doesn’t deserve Chicago. Vince Young would be a more appropriate pairing…

  52. dealer009 says: Jan 24, 2011 12:11 PM

    I’ve had an MCL tear before. It seriously is impossible to compete and you risk severe long term injury by trying to play.

  53. jhorton83 says: Jan 24, 2011 12:12 PM

    Well, I think a lot of people probably owe him an apology. I said yesterday that he better have something torn in his knee for him to come out like that. And he did.

  54. abr173rd says: Jan 24, 2011 12:12 PM

    I have had an MCL tear while working for our government humping around the woods with an 80 pound rucksack on……And I wasn’t getting paid millions of dollars to do it…..Cutler quit,bottom line sorry bears fans thats the best they could cook up because most times an MCL tear can heal on its own.
    He could have played through it and he chose not to,not to mention when I had the same injury it really only bother me walking up steep terrain on flat ground I felt nothing and that was with 80 pounds on my back. The guy is garbage and a quitter just looking at him on the sidelines was enough for me to make that very fair assumption.

  55. bronco1st says: Jan 24, 2011 12:13 PM

    Jay has been sacked more than any other QB during the past 2 years and has only reported 1 injury besides the MCL from last night. The guy has guts and is as tough or tougher than any of his detractors, with Col. Chickenspit Sanders at the top of that list. Jay got a Chicago team to the NFC Championship game in his second season and second offensive scheme under his second OC. During this time his “O-line” has been one of the worst in the league and the D-line can’t make the stops when it counts, as evidenced from last night. Yet the stupid “Duh-Bears” fans haven’t complained a bit about either unit, just Cutler. I guess Jay is supposed to load the O and D onto his diabetic shoulders drag them kicking and screaming to the Super Bowl. Chitown fans are just like their nicknames, and they call it the “Windy City” because of all the blowhards constantly shooting off their fat mouths.

  56. stanklepoot says: Jan 24, 2011 12:13 PM

    ryfo18 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:24 AM

    My favorite criticism was from Maurice Jones-Drew: “All I’m saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee… I played the whole season on one…”

    Where was MJD the last 2 games of the year then when his team was fighting for the playoffs.

    Also, the “Philip Rivers played through a torn ACL” argument is lame. Rivers got a cortisone shot. You can’t really do the same if you have diabetes, as someone posted earlier.
    _____________________________
    Two additional points.
    1. Rivers actually sat out the 4th quarter of the game in which he was injured (also a playoff game), and it was his backup that led them to the victory that got them to that next game.

    2. I watched that game Rivers played with the torn ACL. He did not play well. The team may have been better off that game with Volek under center. Rivers had no mobility that game, and the defense teed off on him.

    We all like to hear about how a player toughs things out and plays through an injury, but do we ask ourselves how many times that’s actually the best thing for the team? Sure, a hobbled Cutler is still better than the way Collins was playing. Hanie, however, played well enough to keep the team in the game. Yeah, he made a couple of big mistakes, but he also had the offense moving. If anything, I’d blame the coaches for not having Hanie go into that game as the number 2 QB when he’s clearly the better option.

    One last train of thought: I think a large part of the problem was that they went with the same old “return is questionable” line. Teams use it a lot, and most times it means the player won’t be out on the field again. When fans hear it, however, a lot of them think that it means that a player could return to the game, and if they can then they should…especially in a playoff game. Now, I’m not a Bears or a Cutler fan, but it seems to me that he’s being teed off on the way he is in large part because the media has had problems with him before. If this had been Manning, Brees, or another of the media’s darlings, then they would have stomped all over anyone who dared question his toughness. Let’s face it, Cutler has taken more and worse hits behind that O-line, and he never quit on his team then. Why should I think that he simply quit all of a sudden in the biggest game of his career?

  57. ncjjdix says: Jan 24, 2011 12:15 PM

    Yeah lotta guys play with MCL injuries!!!/???? And hurt their team while they go 75%… come on get real.. Cutler has missed 1 Game in his career… I support Culter… and you idiots that say he didnt support Caleb Hannie???? Did you not see them sitting next to each other While Defense was on Field…..??????

    Must be Viking fans in here!!!

  58. lostsok says: Jan 24, 2011 12:20 PM

    The Bears wouldn’t have sniffed the AFC Championship without Cutler…now they want to blame him for losing it. Classless. Remember when Bears fans were worth a chunk of snot? Then it turned 1985.

  59. bangrhard says: Jan 24, 2011 12:23 PM

    gregjennings85 says:
    Jan 24, 2011 11:41 AM
    Like I said on the other thread: A completely torn ACL would be a lot less painful to play on than a partially torn MCL with Meniscal damage.

    The latter would be bone-on-bone. While it wouldn’t typically hurt to stand on, throwing with little cartilage left would be agonizing.

    HAS NO IDEA WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT!!! NONE OF THIS IS ACCURATE

  60. catman72 says: Jan 24, 2011 12:23 PM

    Knee too hurt to play? that’s fine, get a headset and start helping out… talk to the QB’s that are going out there to replace you, get guys fired up on the bench, don’t just sit all by yourself and pout like a baby…

  61. catman72 says: Jan 24, 2011 12:26 PM

    and this isn’t the first time Jay has exhibited this kind of sulking behavior, I remember the 49ers game last year where he was throwing pick after pick and he would just shrug his shoulders, take his helmet off and sit by himself with an “I don’t care” look on his face instead of looking a pictures, talking to coaches, talking to his WR’s, etc…

    The guy has a million dollar arm, 10 cent brain and no heart.

    Good luck with that Chicago

  62. JimmySmith says: Jan 24, 2011 12:26 PM

    QB’s that played injured do their teams no favors. Just look at BrINT Favre’s last 5 games as a Jet. He killed that team, got his coach fired but hey, his streak was still alive and that’s all that mattered to him.

  63. stanklepoot says: Jan 24, 2011 12:29 PM

    footballfan292 says: Jan 24, 2011 11:48 AM

    The question is…could he have still played? There have been QBs that have played with fractures and all sorts of injuries. If it’s not a complete tear and he’s walking around without a limp, people will still question his toughness.

    ____________________________
    You ask “could he have played?” My question is always, “should he have played?” We all love to see the tough athlete battle through injuries, but if those injuries limit the QB enough that the coach believes the backup gives the team a better chance to win, then it is the coach’s duty to put the replacement in the game. The coach has final say over who plays and who doesn’t. I’ve said before that I don’t blame Favre for the blow up in NY. He was playing quite well until he tore the biceps muscle in his throwing arm. Favre played through the injury because that’s the kind of guy he is. The injury seriously affected his passing ability, however, and the coach should have sat him for the good of the team. I feel the same way here. If the coach felt the injury limited him to the point that the backup was the better option, then it’s the coach’s duty to start the backup.

  64. cwmorga says: Jan 24, 2011 12:29 PM

    OMG MCL tear!!!111

    You guys realize that there are different grades of MCL tears, right? It could be anywhere from a minor sprain to a complete tear that would require surgery.

    Drew Brees played with a low-grade MCL tear this year. Didn’t miss a snap. Cutler’s might be much worse. My point is that you can’t make blanket statements like “you can’t play on a MCL tear” without knowing the severity.

  65. zaggs says: Jan 24, 2011 12:29 PM

    So an injury that would cause his knee to buckle (assuming its above a 1 and its probably a 2). Stay classy Bears fan, oh and Maurice Jones-Drew. You know the guy who missed his teams last two games, when they were in playoff contention, you stay classy to, douche.

  66. Rex Grossman says: Jan 24, 2011 12:30 PM

    Anyone here who says he should have kept playing on an MCL tear is probably fat and hasn’t played any sport since high school.

  67. broncfanor says: Jan 24, 2011 12:31 PM

    It’s all just a excuse for losing. Cutler has and always will be a pouty little girl.

  68. clownburger says: Jan 24, 2011 12:34 PM

    He tears his MCL, does not even come out of the game, does not even get an aid to help walk ie. crutches, tries to work it off by riding a bike, STILL goes into the game in the 2nd half to see how he can do……..AND HE’S A WIMP.

    Meanwhile Pouncy sprains his ankle, is assisted off the field, can’t walk without crutches, doesn’t even bother to return to the game…..AND HE’S A TOUGH GUY?

    A lot of fans and football media are really dumb, aren’t they?

  69. risalafoundation says: Jan 24, 2011 12:34 PM

    I’m sure all of these blowhards who are knocking Cutler’s heart would be out playing with an MCL tear.

  70. touchdownmaker3232 says: Jan 24, 2011 12:36 PM

    Remember this, there is no answer for stupidity and ignorance, You can’t judge Jay’s commiment to his brothers by his sideline demenor, thats stupid. I played runningback at the Univ of Hawaii
    and suffered a sprained knee that was painful has hell. I was out 6 weeks. Jay Cutler has a torn ligament. Half of the morons that are talking smack never played a down!

  71. Matt-NC says: Jan 24, 2011 12:37 PM

    Everyone is piling on Cutler which may be partially justified… depending on how severe the tear is.

    But Lovie could have said “Jay wasn’t being effective due to the injury sustained in the 2nd quarter and the pain was getting worse. So we decided to sit him in hopes of one our back ups being able to pull it out.”. No one would have questioned it.

    Then you would have saved your QB for the next season (that your organization gave up a 1st round pick to get) a lot of misery. Plus now you have your QB and team 2nd guessing if he’s the guy.

  72. pinkpanther8085 says: Jan 24, 2011 12:39 PM

    I owe Jay NOTHING! Even if you’re injured, you put up a fight to get back in to the biggest game of your life. He just took it like he was waiting for anyone to give him an excuse to run for cover. What a whimp….

  73. jimmysee says: Jan 24, 2011 12:39 PM

    All this criticism of Jay is tyical of the ready-fire-aim style of the couch-coaches-and-commentators around here (and, as Brian Urlacher noted, among NFL players watching the game from their own couches).

    No one deserves that kind of withering criticiam from people with no knowledge of anything.

  74. zaggs says: Jan 24, 2011 12:43 PM

    Also for all the Philip Rivers comparisons. Stop because you all sound stupid. First off Rivers had pain shots and surgery the week before the game to be able to play. MOre importantly both Cutler and Rivers are right handed which means their plant leg is the left. River’s ACL tear was on his RIGHT leg. Cutlers injury is to the LEFT leg. Hence River’s would have been limited running the ball, Cutler on the other hand would have not only been limited running the ball, but also planting his leg to make a throw.

  75. jthompson37 says: Jan 24, 2011 12:46 PM

    In high school i played 2 or 3 games with an mcl sprain and playin both sides of the ball it was hell on earth…..so i can only imagine having a mcl tear and tryin to play takes a tuff man at least he tried……As for the lost you cant blame Jay Cutlers tuffness, You could almost put blame on that OC for the Bears for that beyond stupid play on 3rd and 4 were the Bears ran a freakin Reverse to Earl Bennett which put Hanie in a position to pull a rabbitt out his ass but thru a pick…..Why would you call a reverse i mean they scored a touchdown wit Chester Taylor on a run, before Hanie threw that pick in that drive the Bears knocthed another 1st down with Chester Taylor on the same play….but no they call a timeout while the clock was stopped for a 2 minute warning and run a freaking reverse….I guess the Bears along wit the Ravens need to find an OC that want choke in big time situations

  76. uncommon1 says: Jan 24, 2011 12:47 PM

    When my grandpa played football they didn’t even have MCL’s. But thats when men were men. touchen up Cutler

  77. blackqbwhiterb says: Jan 24, 2011 12:48 PM

    Ever know someone with diabetes? Sometimes when their sugar’s a bit off, they can have a hard time focusing, concentrating. I wouldn’t be surprised if the good games are when he’s a-ok perfect, and the horrible games he had this year it was a tad off, but still in what the Dr.’s call the ok range.
    Further, I think that was the case yesterday. In case you didn’t notice, his accuracy was a bit off….then on the sidelines he looked detached, but I think he was upset and perhaps a bit under-sugared, for lack of a better way to put it.

  78. slatetundra07 says: Jan 24, 2011 12:48 PM

    Bears fans…apologize to your QB and go out and buy another jersey if you’ve already burned yours.

    You finally got a decent QB. Run him out of town and you’ll spend another 50 yrs looking for another one.

  79. freedomispopular says: Jan 24, 2011 12:50 PM

    It’s easy to say he should have been all rah, rah trying to help Hanie, but put yourself in his shoes…he’s just gotten injured to the point where he can’t play in the biggest game of his life. That can be a very terrible feeling.

  80. Nevis says: Jan 24, 2011 12:51 PM

    Not sure how an MCL tear would stop Cutler from cheering on teammates, firing them up and helping Hanie with the playbook when the team needed him to be a leader.

    He’s not a winner or a leader and that was true before he got hurt.

  81. mezanine10 says: Jan 24, 2011 12:52 PM

    Torn MCL? Bears fans couldn’t care less.

  82. clownburger says: Jan 24, 2011 12:55 PM

    Basically Cutler is being ripped on because:

    1. He toughed it out, rather than being attended to on the field.

    2. He toughed it out rather than walking on crutches.

    3. He toughed it out rather than sitting down and icing it.

    4. He toughed it out rather than whining like a wuss on the sidelines, like so many media and fans apparently wanted him to do.

    So being tough = being a wimp nowadays?

    Ugh. Fans can be really stupid.

  83. trigdaddy says: Jan 24, 2011 12:55 PM

    ncjjdix

    2nd best team in the NFC? Why because you made to the Championship game by getting lucky and facing the Seahawks in the 2nd round? And just because the Falcons lost a week earlier to the same team you did, the Bears are better? I don’t think so. Falcons were a better team to say the least. Not to mention the Bears dodged a bullet by not having to play Philly again or New Orleans

  84. jaggedmark says: Jan 24, 2011 1:00 PM

    Tweet from sports writer, Jennifer Engel, of the Dallas Star Tribune.

    @engeljen Wow, a torn MCL for Cutler. Sounds awful, if I had not watched #Stars D Richard Matvichuk play an entire season w/one

  85. redskinszt says: Jan 24, 2011 1:00 PM

    the bears wouldn’t say “turns out jay only has a bruised knee”, nobody is going to throw their qb under the bus. but if his MCL was “torn” why was he standing on it all game. and he’s a terrible leader, he wasnt on the side line trying to help Haine or give him any advice, like a leader would do. It’s terrible, he seemed like he could care less what happened

  86. smrgurl25 says: Jan 24, 2011 1:01 PM

    For those of you who say “what does diabetes have to do with it”…. unless you have Type 1 diabetes and have to regulate your blood sugar daily with multiple injections of insulin, don’t question this guy’s toughness. It is very hard to regulate in day to day life, and much more so being an NFL qb. Trying to play through high and low bld sugars, testing your blood on the sideline, etc. What do they say not judging unless you be judged?
    It’s a game people!! Get a life…

  87. whatever82 says: Jan 24, 2011 1:01 PM

    People still talking about the injury are missing the point. A few posters here get it. The problem is his attitude. That’s what cost him a city last night.

    The knee injury kept him out of the game. It happens. His sideline demeanor, however, was disgusting. If I get removed from a major project at work no way I get to slink off to my office, listening to my ipod, sulking.

    Sorry, Jay. Leadership doesn’t just come during playing time.

  88. FoozieGrooler says: Jan 24, 2011 1:05 PM

    lostsok says: Jan 24, 2011 12:20 PM

    “The Bears wouldn’t have sniffed the AFC Championship without Cutler…now they want to blame him for losing it”

    That’d be a pretty neat trick, considering he played in the NFC Championship game.

  89. xli2006 says: Jan 24, 2011 1:06 PM

    People were criticizing a QB for not playing on what appears to be an MCL Tear!

    That’s a new low for Fans.

  90. stairwayto7 says: Jan 24, 2011 1:06 PM

    Every NfL player or former player who said he needed to man up, owe Cutler an apology! The commish needs to step in and Fine the current players who were not good enough to get in the Championship gam,e $250,000 and then suspended players from his Network since they have no idea what is going on! Right Deion!!

  91. dja1287 says: Jan 24, 2011 1:06 PM

    “abr173rd says: Jan 24, 2011 12:12 PM

    I have had an MCL tear while working for our government humping around the woods with an 80 pound rucksack on……And I wasn’t getting paid millions of dollars to do it…..Cutler quit,bottom line sorry bears fans thats the best they could cook up because most times an MCL tear can heal on its own.
    He could have played through it and he chose not to,not to mention when I had the same injury it really only bother me walking up steep terrain on flat ground I felt nothing and that was with 80 pounds on my back. The guy is garbage and a quitter just looking at him on the sidelines was enough for me to make that very fair assumption.”

    ill send you a cookie

  92. leannmean says: Jan 24, 2011 1:07 PM

    Is that the same Maurice Jones-Drew above who is a member of the NFL’s Criminal Element Group? And talking about “toughness”? OH YEAH! We know where he’s coming from!

    This is the guy who with TWO OR THREE of his homeys in a late-night incident beat up a nerdy guy in a Westwood restaurant for using a computer!

    My, my what a “tough guy”! Wish he would try that here in Arizona where the state concealed weapon statutes have a way of resolving those type of disputes. You might call it a “Darwinian” solution! “Tough guy” that Maurice Jones-Drew!

  93. fribnit says: Jan 24, 2011 1:11 PM

    Dion, you are an idot.

  94. comeonnowguys says: Jan 24, 2011 1:15 PM

    So yeah, MCL tear.

    I wonder how many of those of these “toughing-it-out” stories we’ve been hearing about in the past 24 hours would have happened without the benefit of cortisone injections.

    Guess what Cutler couldn’t have because he’s diabetic?

    After the play that likely caused the injury, he got up, walked to the end of the end zone, leaned on the goalpost support, looked down at his knee. Then he kept playing. Until he couldn’t.

    Would you rather he Favre it up for the cameras?

  95. scytherius says: Jan 24, 2011 1:17 PM

    Well here’s the problem. It’s that he has given such a bad perception, and his personality and leadership are so terrible, that everyone from players to fans assumed he wasn’t really hurt. When you get a Philip Rivers playing on a torn ACL for two games, well, that’s a tough act to follow.

  96. scytherius says: Jan 24, 2011 1:19 PM

    @whatever82 gets it. He posts:

    “People still talking about the injury are missing the point. A few posters here get it. The problem is his attitude. That’s what cost him a city last night.

    The knee injury kept him out of the game. It happens. His sideline demeanor, however, was disgusting. If I get removed from a major project at work no way I get to slink off to my office, listening to my ipod, sulking.

    Sorry, Jay. Leadership doesn’t just come during playing time.”

    ===============

    We have a bingo.

  97. leanderm says: Jan 24, 2011 1:22 PM

    No Superbowl here. I quit the Bears.

  98. dee6634 says: Jan 24, 2011 1:25 PM

    In my opinion, Cutler is an easy target because he’s not a sympathetic figure. Unfortunately, he’s brought a lot of it on himself.

    The piling on is ridiculous. Terry Bradshaw was pathetic and completely unprofessional in his lockerroom interviews. ESPN encouraged boorish and opinionated drivel from washed up and retired players who want you to think that playing with a concussion is a manly thing to do. Whoever promotes and utilizes twitter as anything more than a forum for people who somehow think they need to be heard should be bitch slapped.

    The media outlets give as much if not more credibility to outsiders than Cutler’s own teammates. They seemed shocked that his teammates would defend him.

    It’s a pitiful and scary place where we’ve let journalism, media and social media collide and go wildly out of control. I don’t know what it will take to get it back under control.

    And makes me wonder.

  99. leanderm says: Jan 24, 2011 1:25 PM

    If you credit Cutler for getting the Bears to the championship, then blame him for the loss.

  100. abr173rd says: Jan 24, 2011 1:26 PM

    “abr173rd says: Jan 24, 2011 12:12 PM

    I have had an MCL tear while working for our government humping around the woods with an 80 pound rucksack on……And I wasn’t getting paid millions of dollars to do it…..Cutler quit,bottom line sorry bears fans thats the best they could cook up because most times an MCL tear can heal on its own.
    He could have played through it and he chose not to,not to mention when I had the same injury it really only bother me walking up steep terrain on flat ground I felt nothing and that was with 80 pounds on my back. The guy is garbage and a quitter just looking at him on the sidelines was enough for me to make that very fair assumption.”

    ill send you a cookie

    Cool man, and I’ll keep protecting your freedom,without being paid millions of dollars to never quit or abandon my team while in a Leadership role in a bad situation……..

  101. SpaceJam says: Jan 24, 2011 1:27 PM

    Nobody… nobody… owes Jay Cutler an apology.

    The extent of the injury doesn’t matter. That’s because what was truly despicable wasn’t that he left the game, it was the way he was disinterestedly moping on the sideline as his team’s season hung in the balance.

    Quick question: If it were Brady/Manning who tore the MCL, do you think they’d be on the bench moping? No, they’d be holding a clipboard, helping their backup by pointing out defensive tendencies, coaching up their teammates between series… in other words, contributing in any way possible.

    This prick couldn’t even be bothered to wear a headset. End of story.

  102. tecmobowl34 says: Jan 24, 2011 1:27 PM

    ignorant observers keep blaming the Cutler hate on his body language and facial expressions…have any of you ever watched Jay Cutler before? He looked exactly the same as he always does, like he’s about to be marched off to the gallows.

    How can looking at his facial expressions and body language have any bearing or relevance to his courage/toughness/passion for the game?

    I used to hate Cutler, and hated that my team traded for him. But from what I’ve seen of him since joining the Bears, he’s not a wimp. Erratic and flawed mechanically, but not a wimp.

    Keyboard jocks trying to cast shame on Jay Cutler…sounds like high school actually WAS the best time in your lives

  103. lrt79 says: Jan 24, 2011 1:29 PM

    Cutler has been turned into the media’s favorite goat. He’s the new bad guy. And many fans, because they let ESPN form their opinions, have jumped on that bandwagon.

    Cutler is a great, tough QB. Most fans are simply jealous because even though he comes across as a d-bag, he’s still likely better than your QB.

  104. dvnelson72 says: Jan 24, 2011 1:32 PM

    I like Jay and would take him on my team in a heartbeat.

    But I know why people hate him.

    He looks like a half drunk frat boy that just finished a huge bong hit. He’s got 1 and 1/2 chins like a senior who enjoys keg stands. The bong hit thing makes it look like he doesn’t give a shiite.

    Can’t you also see him wearing a sweater vest, plaid golf pants (with pink in them), and wingtip shoes?

    I don’t know if that is who he is. Don’t care really.

    After watching the beating he took this year, he gets the benefit of doubt from me. After 4 games, I thought for sure he would end the season on injured reserve. It’s the destiny of any Martz QB.

  105. TxGrown says: Jan 24, 2011 1:32 PM

    Cutler is tougher than the sore loser gotta blame someone bear fans here.

  106. nwstreethawk says: Jan 24, 2011 1:34 PM

    Maurice Jones-Drew has a torn meniscus. Although this is painful it doesn’t mess with the stability or function of the knee. Cortizone or other pain killer would help him through this.

    Jay Cutler has a torn MCL which, even minor, messes with the stability and function of the knee. Kind of critical when you are a QB trying to set your feet and throw or escape a pass rush. Even if he got a pain killer continuing to play may have turned a minor MCL tear into a severe one.

    FAIL Maurice Jones-Drew. Recovery from surgery is only a few weeks. But for drama queens it is better to milk the sympathy than fix the problem.

  107. Keep it Real says: Jan 24, 2011 1:39 PM

    Mike Martz lost the game and caused the injury by calling too many seven step drops. Martz reverted back to his old ways.

  108. footballcoach17 says: Jan 24, 2011 1:43 PM

    Of course! Didn’t we all expect this type of cover up?

  109. Darth Goodell says: Jan 24, 2011 1:44 PM

    The Bears coaching staff should have shut down this little scandal before it started. ‘Team doctors and coaches have removed QB Jay Cutler from the game. His status is “out”. Tomorrow he’ll undergo an MRI on his knee for a suspected ligament tear.’ MJD and all the other Twitter tough guys wouldn’t be playing with a torn MCL either.

    As for Lovie Smith and his lackeys, the whole performance just proves how incompetent they are. No matter what else happens, failing to know the league rules on QB substitutions and leaving yourself with only your 3rd-string guy for the whole 4th quarter of the NFC Championship game is inexcusable.

    Good luck, Bears, you’re going to need it.

  110. gregjennings85 says: Jan 24, 2011 1:44 PM

    angrhard says:
    Jan 24, 2011 12:23 PM
    gregjennings85 says:
    Jan 24, 2011 11:41 AM
    Like I said on the other thread: A completely torn ACL would be a lot less painful to play on than a partially torn MCL with Meniscal damage.

    The latter would be bone-on-bone. While it wouldn’t typically hurt to stand on, throwing with little cartilage left would be agonizing.

    HAS NO IDEA WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT!!! NONE OF THIS IS ACCURATE

    _________________________________

    Well, considering I’ve torn both my ACL and Meniscus, I’d say I do know what I’m talking about.

    Let me spell it out for you: Your joints are major centers for nerve connections. When a ligament is torn partially the pain is excruciating. As many a man can tell you, when you completely tear your ACL there is immediate pain, but the nerve connection is severed, and therefore pain in the area will subside after a period. With a partially torn MCL, the pain would be constant and overwhelming. In either case, if the Meniscus (again, the cartilage, shock-absorbing padding within your knee) is damaged, there is a possibility that you would be rubbing bone on bone, and further damaging the Meniscus by going on it.

    I don’t even know why I bother. The World is being taken over by morons.

  111. danielb3223 says: Jan 24, 2011 1:53 PM

    I couldn’t believe the article i read after the game with people i thought were high character players calling out cutler before they knew what happened, as though he was sitting out with a twisted ankle. The man tore a ligament in his knee, tested it out on the field and couldn’t go. What the hell are MJD (missed the final two games of the season when his team made a playoff push with a hurt knee) darnell dockett, and asante samuel (among many many more) tweeting like they know everything?? The one sensible tweet i saw was from Steven Jackson saying not to question a man’s toughness without knowing the facts first. I hope those NFL players appologize publicly on twitter, even though their ridiculous ego’s would never allow them to. Get better cutler.

  112. wydok says: Jan 24, 2011 1:55 PM

    The Bears fans complaining they would have won if Cutler played the whole game should pay attention to what happened. Cutler scored 0 points. Haines scored 14. Maybe if Haines played 4 characters, the Bears would have won.

  113. trimaster1 says: Jan 24, 2011 2:06 PM

    Cutler was the most sacked qb in the nfl this year, and he hadn’t missed a game.

    If taht isn’t tough I don’t know what is.

    It all comes down to respect. People don’t respect him, so they feel it’s ok to attack his character & toughness.

    I’m sorry to hear he has a knee injury, but I’m also hoping that shuts people up who were quick to judgement.

  114. wesreyn says: Jan 24, 2011 2:10 PM

    I don’t think Deion sanders should ever talk about another players toughness. When he played, he was known around the league as being soft and afraid to hit. He shied away from hits and missed MULTIPLE games at a time for questionable “injuries”. Most of the fans that are talking about cutler’s toughnes probably couldn’t take more than 1 hit from a 6″4, 280 lb athlete trained to try to knock you out of a game. I am not a bears fan but the guy got hurt and sat out. The healthy guy played and that is why you have a depth chart.

  115. Nevis says: Jan 24, 2011 2:14 PM

    “It’s easy to say he should have been all rah, rah trying to help Hanie, but put yourself in his shoes…he’s just gotten injured to the point where he can’t play in the biggest game of his life. That can be a very terrible feeling.”

    Translation: it’s acceptable for a guy to feel sorry for himself when 52 other guys are fighting for their lives…because he’s upset HE is not in and upset that HE is hurt.

    Wrong, dude. Wrong. It’s his job to LEAD, period. He does not have the mental toughness for this game.

    Ultimately, it doesn’t matter….he did the Bears a favor by coming out and if I’m a Bears fan, I’m more concerned about his atrocious performance pre-injury than I am any of this.

    Cutler is not a winner, and never has been. He will need to get a ring to prove me wrong.

  116. richabbs says: Jan 24, 2011 2:18 PM

    Deion Sanders questioning any football player’s toughness is a joke. The clown was pretty much a matador when it came to tackling any ball carrier.

  117. deweyaxewound says: Jan 24, 2011 2:33 PM

    The really sad and ironic thing is that Deion Sanders is the LAST person who should be accusing anyone of lacking heart.

    He played for all the wrong reasons (money, fame) and was proud about it.

    He quit on multiple occasions, to the point where Carlton Fisk was ready to beat him down, and the like-minded teammates would just stand and watch.

    Go check Deion’s Wikipedia page–it’s right there in the first few sections.

    Plus, anyone that watched Deion play knows he was a scared, half-ast girly tackler.

    I admit, as a Bears fan, that I was initially ticked at Cutler during the game–my bitter gut instinct was to find someone to blame. But I just didn’t have any information.
    The failure here was on the part of the Bears medical/PR people, who failed to effectively communicate from the sideline to the in-game broadcast about what EXACTLY was going on.

    (And in the interest of finding real blame–that horrendous 3rd-and-4th down play-calling, with the game on the line, what was Martz thinking? Why not a bootleg/option? Why not let Taylor try for the hard yards on 3rd down? WHY EVEN THROW THE BALL ON 4th down–and WHY A 10-15 YARD PASS TO THE MIDDLE OF THE FIELD when all you need is a few yards?!?!?)

    There’s blame here to go around–and Cutler deserves some for his PLAY, but other than that…? It’s just the typical mediots doing what they do.

    The media in our country is pathetic–and anyone who regurgitates their garbage is an idiot, too.

  118. whatever82 says: Jan 24, 2011 3:01 PM

    @Nevis — well said.

  119. coachglove says: Jan 24, 2011 3:47 PM

    @abr173rd

    You’re not the only injured vet on this board. I completely destroyed my L knee serving my country…and I will say this…humping all day on a partial MCL tear is relatively easy compared to the stress an NFL QB puts on his MCL every play. The MCL provides lateral support for the knee joint…humping a pack is, by and large, a straigh-forward series of movement, and definitely a low-speed one. You are not being required to run, jump, cut, accelerate, etc. Comparing your inury and subsequent duties to those of any other person (much less an NFL QB) is ridiculous.

    Walking on a sprain (for those not so inclined to understand medical terminology – a sprain IS a tear, it’s just the medical term for one) is a fairly easy proposition. What you don’t know until you get an MRI is the severity of the sprain, the collateral damage (ie-cartelidge) and the prognosis. The Bears handling of the injury is questionable, but they may have been saying “questionable” to his status in order to keep alive the possibility of him coming back in to hand the ball off if need be (this was later negated by their idiotic choice to bring in the emergency QB in the 3rd qtr, thus making #’s 1&2 ineligible to return instead of waiting til the 4th, when they would be).

    Most of the folks commenting here have neither 1) played or coached beyond the HS level and 2) never had a significant knee injury. Your right to comment on another man’s toughness under the circumstances, while protected by the 1st Amendment, is being done with a shocking lack of deference and discretion.

  120. mikebacker says: Jan 24, 2011 4:28 PM

    MJD had a torn meniscus. While painful, you can play on it. That doesn’t involve the four ligaments that stabilize the knee. Jay’s injury is entirely different and playing further would result in serious worsening. If he dislocates the knee them the circulation is cut off. MJD and Deion need to shut up as do most of the would be doctors out there who have no idea what they’re talking about.

  121. abr173rd says: Jan 24, 2011 4:30 PM

    If your trying to tell me that Cutler’s injury and him playing the QB position is even in the realm of any soldiers (COMBAT GRUNTS) doing his job with the same injury you are
    A) Bears Fan…Sorry for you.
    B)Delusional

    This has nothing to do with injured vets it has to do with not quitting and pride,which he lacks both. And coaching doesn’t even enter this conversation unless you trying to talk about the terrible coaching job the Bears did……WOW!

  122. sundaysed says: Jan 24, 2011 5:02 PM

    @spacejam, @nevis (and many, many others)

    you see little bits and pieces on a tv broadcast, and you think you know the story. you hear little sound bytes and quips from radio talk show hosts, and you think you know the inside story. you read hastily posted stories and blogs, and you think you know it all. how about supporting your comments with facts:

    http://blogs.suntimes.com/bears/2011/01/hanie_refutes_critics_who_say.html

  123. bearsfan624evr says: Jan 24, 2011 5:04 PM

    Another classic example of RECKLESS MEDIA DIS-INFORMATION.
    Every one in the media, blogosphere, TV are trying to always be the first to post whatever info out there without reliable facts checking…. We all have created this monster and now we constantly have to feed it. Be it rants, twitter, TV, radio, blogs on internet. Let’s all get our info correct before putting it out there. We are just all victims and contributors to the same problem in society that permeates morals and results in crazy stunts of violence in race, sports, and life.
    .. Sorry to go Jerry Maguireish on u all…duh.
    But cut the man some slack. No pun intended here…
    And finally, to u GB packer fans, good luck in SBXLV, But I would be so worried the way your QB played the second half…LOL

  124. gbmickey says: Jan 25, 2011 11:05 AM

    Yeah ok…I will be worried the way our qb played, good comeback bearsfan26! At least we have an unquestioned leader of a team who beat the Bears in the biggest game the 2 teams ever played in their rivalry!

  125. bcast6 says: Jan 29, 2011 10:44 PM

    Why don’t you get this guy atleast one reciever who can get some seperation on somebody, anybody, before spending all your time and energy ripping the guy with one of the weakest wr corps in the league. And don’t give me ‘Devon Hester’ all that, the guy’s a midget kick returner, not a #1, #2, or even #3 reciever on any other team imho…

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