Urlacher got same shot as Cutler to play in NFC Championship Game

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It was revealed this week that Bears quarterback Jay Cutler got a shot at halftime of the NFC Championship Game in an unsuccessful effort to play through his injured knee. Now Bears linebacker Brian Urlacher says he got the same shot.

Urlacher told the Chicago Tribune he took a shot of Toradol to help him deal with a sprained left wrist and a few other minor injuries.

“I’m sure you could take Advil or something, but it would take longer to get in your system,” Urlacher said. “For Jay, I’m assuming they wanted to give him something immediate to hopefully ease the pain a little bit.”

Toradol is classified as an anti-inflammatory, not a painkiller, but it helps people deal with pain. Bears safety Chris Harris also reportedly took Toradol before the game to help deal with a hip injury. Players routinely get shots to help them get through games, a fact that probably deserves more scrutiny than it gets.

For Urlacher’s part, he’s still ticked off that people are questioning Cutler.

“I don’t get it,” he said. “It blows my mind how people are blowing things out of proportion so bad. He hurt his knee, tried to play on a hurt knee, and the trainers took him out. That was it. Big deal. It happens every [freaking] week to every team. Guys get hurt and they try to go. Sometimes they can. Sometimes, they can’t. It depends on the severity of the injury, and his was pretty severe.”

33 responses to “Urlacher got same shot as Cutler to play in NFC Championship Game

  1. I was in attendance, and my only complaint was there is no screen at Soldier and no word from the stadium announcer what the story was with Cutler, or anyone for that matter.

    I didn’t get a chance to get to the article about issues between Bears and Packers fans, but for the people who haven’t made up their minds, I’ll say this: Packers and Bears fans were tailgating, mingling, and having a good time everywhere I went. There was a Bears fan pushing his Packers buddy in a wheelchair. This was a monumental event and PFT trying to pass off a few obnoxious fans out of sixty thousand as representing the whole is not realistic.

  2. “I don’t get it,” he said. “It blows my mind how people are blowing things out of proportion so bad. ”

    Yeah, you’d think he played for Dallas.

  3. Does that explain why he went down so easily from an Aaron Rodgers arm tackle when his team desperately needed him to score on that interception?

  4. Make it stop…. Please! No one cares about this storyline. Yes, Jay Cutler is whiney and looks like a dissinterested Frat Boy on the sidelines. He throws a zillion picks and seemingly could care less. We don’t like him. Can we move on now?

  5. Someone explain to me how getting shots during games to numb pain so you are able to play through injury is not considered a “performance enhancing drug”?????

  6. Not a Bears fan and definitely not a Cutler fan, but it’s nice to see Urlacher (the true leader of the Bears) defend is QB.

    Cutler may be a prick, but I don’t think he’s a wimp.

  7. He hurt his vagina, tried to play with a hurt vagina, and the trainers took him out. That was it. Big deal. It happens every [freaking] week to every team. Guys get hurt and they try to go. Sometimes they can. Sometimes, they can’t. It depends on the severity of the injury, and his was pretty severe.”
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    You lost your Halas trophy on your own field to a better team. Nobody really cares what excuses you make anymore…

  8. Is it just me or is Urlacher climbing the charts as one of the most annoying guys in sports? I don’t know what it is about him. Maybe because everytime he gets behind a mic he talks in a manner that seems like he is about to punch someone in the face.

  9. It really isn’t about Cutlers’ toughness. He is plenty tough, he took a pounding this year. It’s about his not being able to beat the Packers and his dysfunctional personality. If he had gotten the Bears into the Super Bowl nobody would care about it, he could be the biggest jerk in the world and get away with it, but he didn’t. While he was moping and pouting Aaron Rodgers was dissecting the Bears defense. The comparison is what caused Cutler so much trouble.

  10. “Someone explain to me how getting shots during games to numb pain so you are able to play through injury is not considered a “performance enhancing drug”?????”
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    This is all kinds of stupid. I guess a bandaid or Gatoraid are PEDs by your definition too then.

  11. I’m not a doctor, but aren’t there certain “shots/pain medications” that Cutler can’t take or that would be ineffective or even harmful to him if he took them because he’s diabetic?

  12. rho01953 –

    Rodgers dissected the Bears D? 17-30, 244 yds, 0 tds 2 ints. Rodgers needed the D to get another score because despite all the great field position your team had all game long, the Packers couldn’t put a team away with a 3rd string QB. I am curious to see what his 2nd half numbers were, because that Offense didn’t do anything in that half.

  13. I love how when Cutler is proven to be “tough” (the way that word is thrown around in articles around here is way annoying), or at least made a huge effort to play through the injury, everyone calls this story “boring”, “old news”, and “beating a dead horse”. It sounds like everyone is disappointed they were wrong and no longer have someone to rip on.

    Also, if the title of this post is inferring that since Urlacher did it then Cutler should have been able to, then YIKES (It’s at least made to look that way for some hits, since MDS gets anything good to write about). Torn MCL vs. Sprained Wrist. Hmmm….

  14. I love all these “please stop with this story” posts! It reminds me of all the people in the Favre stories posting “please go away Brett” as if you guys are forced to read the stories or click the headlines! Don’t like it, don’t read! Instead you read, then take the time to post a stupid frickin comment like the one I’m posting now…..

  15. I wonder if the whole team got a shot at the end of the game? You know, to ease the pain in their backsides. After The Packers….you know did the PACKER thing!

  16. It’s good to see Urlacher defending his QB, but I’ll bet that deep down he still thinks Cutler is a tool just like the rest of us.

  17. while we yelling for the story to stop can we also stop with the rodgers is god story? did I miss the part where the packers offense scored other than their fist 2 drives? did he not throw 2 picks? was not roughed up by the bears pass rush and end up with a 5 something qb rating?yea he dominated the game all right. you guys won the game because of hanies picks and you know it,but you won’t be facing a 3rd string qb sun. when the steelers kick your ass! and you would be rooting for them to if the bears had won.cheeseheads suck!

  18. I love urlaucher and julias is great. Now if you guys can build a team around these guys you might some day win the playoffs. Until then, enjoy the game on sunday. 6 road wins for the pack , you gotta luv it, thats unless your DA Bears suckkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkkk

  19. drgfri says:
    Feb 4, 2011 9:18 AM
    “Someone explain to me how getting shots during games to numb pain so you are able to play through injury is not considered a “performance enhancing drug”?????”
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    This is all kinds of stupid. I guess a bandaid or Gatoraid are PEDs by your definition too then.

    ^^^^

    Finally, someone with a shred of intelligence. Fisrt it most definitely IS a PED, it enhances his ability to perform, when he normally wouldnt be able to and it is a drug. THEREFORE PED.

    Second, idiot who first replied, a bandaid is not a performance enhancer moron. Gator aid IS performance enhancer, however not a drug, it is marketed as a performance enhancer, however is not used to treat cure or prevent any disease (the DEFINITION of a drug).

    The ignorance and hypocrisy to this subject is beyond me.

    Kudos to point one for getting it right.

    As far as the reply, you are just as ignorant and brainwashed as the rest of most of the sheeple in this country.

    Idiot.

  20. Just curious, why do the people who are sick of this story click on it and even take time to write a response?

  21. This story is neverrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr going away. It was on a national stageeeeeeeeeeeeeee It was a rivalry gameeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee . It was a matchup decades in the makinggggggggg. Thats why its never going away. And after were dust it will still be spoken aboutttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttt

  22. I did a search on Cutler’s “shot”, and this is the article it pulled up for me. I’m a Bears fan, Chicago native, and I am sickened by all the talk about our QB! Unfortunately this thing is not going to go away, because this country feeds off of negativity. No one’s even mentioned the fact that Jay Cutler has played and practiced with Type 1 diabetes, taken 50+ sacks, and still tried to play in the NFC championship game AFTER he was injured. It wasn’t his call to make, coaching and medical staff pulled him. And as far as that Bears vs. Packer game, had it not been for that injury, things would have gone a whole lot differently, Packer fans know it, and the smart ones openly admit it. Our 3rd string QB, had the Pack on the run, 2nd half was all Bears. And yes, Aaron Rodgers got sacked and threw picks as well. He’s not God, he’s only a man, as is Cutler. But, like I tell these Pack fans in Wisconsin: “The Packers are all you guys have here in hickville, we have so much more in Chicago to hang our hats on, we’ve moved on, true fans and his teammates still support Jay, so what’s it to the rest of the world?” Good luck against Big Ben, he’s not hurt. . .

  23. “Someone explain to me how getting shots during games to numb pain so you are able to play through injury is not considered a “performance enhancing drug”?????”

    Because it doesn’t enhance anything. It allows you to play closer to your baseline ability, not improve your baseline.

    “I’m not a doctor, but aren’t there certain “shots/pain medications” that Cutler can’t take or that would be ineffective or even harmful to him if he took them because he’s diabetic?”

    Ketorolac (Toradol) isn’t one of them.

    And to the author of this article, Ketorolac (Toradol) is claffied as an NSAID (non-steroidal anti inflammatory drug) AND a painkiller. Works in a similar way to ibuprofen (Advil), ASA (aspirin), or Naproxen (Aleve), but is stronger.

  24. “Someone explain to me how getting shots during games to numb pain so you are able to play through injury is not considered a “performance enhancing drug”?????”

    Because it doesn’t enhance anything. It allows you to play closer to your baseline ability, not improve your baseline.
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    I was under the impression that athletes take HGH to recover quicker from injuries and this is the main reason it is banned. So Cutler getting a shot so he can attempt to play through an injury is not the same exact thing?

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