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Report: Cutler tore his MCL

Posted on: January 24, 2011 10:59 am
Edited on: January 24, 2011 2:43 pm
 
Posted by Andy BenoitJ. Cutler (US Presswire)

UPDATE 2:45 p.m. EST: Lovie Smith said Cutler has a sprained MCL. A sprain is the same as a minor tear. Smith also said that Cutler is a tough guy.

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Sounds like a slew of former NFL players and overactive Twitter users might owe Jay Cutler an apology. According to Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun Times, the Bears quarterback suffered an MCL tear in Sunday’s NFC Championship game.

Doctors are still determining the grade of the tear. It’s worth noting that the grade of the MCL tear is significant. A tear can sometimes be another word for “sprain”.

Because Cutler was simply standing on the sideline and not getting treatment on his knee during the second half Sunday, many outside observers (who, of course, could not feel Cutler’s pain) were quick to criticize his toughness and heart.

Though the initial harsh reaction to Cutler’s injury was startling (how often do NFL players get questioned like this?), it wasn’t unprecedented. LaDainian Tomlinson went through a similar ordeal a few years ago when a knee injury kept him out of playoff action. Tomlinson’s knee injury just happened to be an MCL.
 

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Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:54 pm
 

Report: Cutler tore his MCL

I'm not a Cutler fan and actually don't really like the guy, but I do find it funny that he gets ripped and is called a quiter because of a significant injury to his knee prevents him from playing the entire game. However, someone like Pouncey does the exact same thing as far as getting injured and doesn't come back to play in his "biggest game of his career" and everyone is cool with it. Why? Is it because he stayed on the field for a while after he was injured and needed some help off? My guess is that his pain tolerance is lower....he's already declared that it's an ankle sprain and he WILL be playing in the Super Bowl. Yet nobody says a word about how he didn't suck it up and get back out there for his team.

An injury is an injury and nobody (outside of the injured person) knows how much it hurts or how it affects them on the field. Don't judge someone's injury based on their body language or demeanor....or if you do feel like judging peoples toughness, then be consistent and point the finger at everyone....not just the players you don't like.



Since: Aug 30, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Report: Cutler tore his MCL

Sprain=overstretching past the ligaments limits of elasticity which will carry a minor degree of superficial tearing of ligament. A tear is a tear and will show up immediately on MRI and blow his knee up within a half hour. This is a sprain. Cutler gave up because he was sucking and his knee hurt which helped the Bears anyways. If he wanted to and was playing well, he would have strapped on a rigid knee brace, asked for a torradol and cortisone injection, and played in the super bowl if they had won.  



Since: Nov 27, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:52 pm
 

Report: Cutler tore his MCL

Hey falconinky....talk smack when your team has actually won something.  Anything.  Until then, no one wants to hear from a loser.



Since: Mar 23, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Report: Cutler tore his MCL

I just read the article on Pouncey's injury.  As a Packer fan, I hope he plays.  I can't wait to see Pouncey Vs. Raji...two young studs of the NFL.

On another note, let's see: Pouncey has a high ankle sprain and goes out and he is "one tough S.O.B." according to the comments over there.  Cutler has a knee sprain and he is a "quitter."   So I guess if Cutler had put himself on crutches, no one questions it?  Strange.  I just think it is everyone who didn't like Cutler to begin with piling on now that they have a convenient "reason."  He is not a likable guy, but geez.  I suppose everyone who though Cutler quit thought Colt McCoy quit too last year in the BCS Championship game (not likely either).



Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:51 pm
 

Report: Cutler tore his MCL

I snapped my LCL playing football in high school.  Dragged myself to the sideline.  Sat for about 15 minutes trying to bend my knee which hurt like hell and went back in.  Granted I was a dumb kid and it took me another 10 years to finally get it looked at to see that it snapped like a rubber band (ket popping my knee out).  If I had any sort of coaches (this was a backyard game) I would not have been in.  Curious on how bad the sprain or tear is but if it was a 2 or 3 then easily the best that he is out.



Since: Apr 17, 2007
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Report: Cutler tore his MCL

Where did this come from?  Atleast our QB wants to play!!  If it wasnt for your crappy field the Packers would kicked your butt a lot worse than they did.  So keep making fun other teams if it keeps your mind off of how Cutler quit on you guys last night!!



Since: Mar 3, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Report: Cutler tore his MCL

The whole thing is strange.  I mean Cutler is the guy who took a total beating all year, never shies away from contact and always popped right up.  So first off, he's been tough all year.  Second, he is unbelievably cocky and will not back down when he's playing poorly, and that has been true to a fault (Deangelo Hall anyone?).  So the idea that he pulled himself from the biggest game of his career because he was 1) hurt and 2) not playing well is just not conistent with who Jay Cutler is.  Cutler has been overconfident, unemotional, and inconsistent.  But a quitter? No, definitely not.  Still, it sure looked like he quit when he was on the sidelines.  As for talking to Hanie and being active in playcalling and stuff after he's hurt, I don't know.  I know that if it were me, I'd be that type of guy.  But who knows if that's even the right thing to do? Isn't there some benefit to sitting back and letting the coaches do what they need to do with Hanie, and that's coach?!? Cutler doesn't want Hanie in his ear, so why would Hanie want Cutler in his? Still, the way the whole thing played out is just a mess and the media is now having a field day with it.  At some point, the perception of what happens becomes more important than what actually happened, and I think that is my main concern.  What a weird way to end such a great season.



Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Report: Cutler tore his MCL

So Hanie is lying?  At least I am going off of commetns from people who actually ARE in the middle of the situation and not outsider looking in.  Grow up & quit being an a-hole.




Since: Sep 28, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Report: Cutler tore his MCL

cutler looked defeated after his first series.  he didnt even talk to his teammates after he came out, and didnt help or try and encourage his less experienced backups.   the guy is clearly a joke.



Since: Jan 7, 2010
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:49 pm
 

Report: Cutler tore his MCL

Oh, and another thing, for everyone talking about Philip Rivers and Tom Brady suffering knee injuries and still playing, you are all missing a crucial point in your arguments. The two aforementioned quarterbacks left the games that they suffered their injuries, and returned only to play on the big stage in the Superbowl. Drew Bledsoe came in to take care of business against the Steelers, and Billy Volek came in for Rivers against the Colts. Two weeks of healing, or even one week, does wonders for any knee injury. Especially when Rivers received minor surgeries to repair any damage that could be and be ready to play the next week. Neither of these "truly dedicated and elite" quarterbacks returned that same game until the extent of the damage was known and it was safe for them to play. Remember children, all three of these quarterbacks are franchise players for their teams. Why would a coaching staff throw Cutler, Brady, or Rivers back out there when the extent of a knee injury (which if severe enough can be CAREER ENDING), is unknown? I rest my case. I'm a Ravens as well as a Bears fan, so the loss stung me as well. But no matter how much it hurt, Jay Cutler was never proven to be a quitter in the game. Even Da Great Coach Ditka is defending Jay. Does anyone really want to mess with Da Coach and Da Stache'????


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