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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.


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 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'????

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:43 pm

Report: Cutler tore his MCL

I think a lot of people have a bigger problem with the way he supported his replacements. Not once did we see him helping, coaching, or encouraging the more inexperienced his backups. Just sulking on the bench and worrying about himself. He is not a leader on a team that desperately neeeds him to be one on the Offensive side of the ball!!

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:42 pm

Report: Cutler tore his MCL

thanks for the update doctor... errrr... a$$clown.  Really, I lay 10:1 odds that cutler whips your a$$ in less than 10 seconds tuff guy.  get real and quit embarrassing yourself w/ armchair diagnosis dip$hit. 

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:39 pm

Report: Cutler tore his MCL


You are an idiot.  I believe the Bears played in the Super Bowl few years ago.  Then you said the Bears would beat the Steelers if they had won yesterday.  I guess Steeler fans have no faith in their team.. I do agree with you that the Bears would beat the Steelers.  Why dont you put a c..t in your name.

Since: Oct 14, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:35 pm

Report: Cutler tore his MCL

Officially a SPRAINED MCL. Way to quit and let your team down Jay. 

Since: Jan 16, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:34 pm

Report: Cutler tore his MCL

you are an idiot, who's clearly never had a torn MCL.  It's excruciating to put valgus stress on.

Since: Sep 28, 2006
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:30 pm

Report: Cutler tore his MCL

Dimpled Balls:

The Falcons are a bigger joke!!!

Since: Jun 17, 2009
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:30 pm

Report: Cutler tore his MCL

I was a huge Cutler fan untill yesterday.  Is Cutlers toughness in question? Hello Cowardly Lion or Bear!  Heart?  Hello Tin Man!  Brains?  Hello Scarecrow!  Sorry Chicago fans he gave up.  Its time for this Dorthy to go home!  Jay take a page out of a real QB's book, Philip Rivers.  He played with a torn ACL far worse than a MCL sprain. 

Since: May 29, 2008
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:29 pm

Report: Cutler tore his MCL

I can't stand Favre but he played regular season games with a broken foot and Mcnabb played with a broken freaking leg man.  This was the biggest game for teh Bears since the 85 superbowl.  Win this one and the Super Bowl would almost be a lock win for them because of the huge momentum they would bring.  Real football players, the true greats, would have been on that field playing no matter what.  Eye balls bulging, guts hanging out, limbs dangling from exposed tendons.  Hell Chris Simms played a full quarter with a busted spleen before the dropped on the field in angony a few years back.  Cutler should add an "N" to his name.  Somewhere after the "U" but before the "T".

Since: Jan 24, 2011
Posted on: January 24, 2011 2:28 pm

Report: Cutler tore his MCL

This twitter crap has a way to bite those who make rash judgements.  players need to learn to hold off on critical comments until they have all the facts.  now, to the nfl twitter jabbers who took a cheap twitter poke at cutler when he was down... when you're ligament is torn, we'll all expect to see you remain in the game regardless of your medical staffs recommendation and regardless of how effective you will be on the field.   You now own those comments and will be held to the standards you assigned to cutler.   Tuff lesson for immature and unwise players running their mouths on a BS twitter feed.  Now, ya think cutler will tweet back just how stupid your comments were or will he just do what his bland personality always suggests by saying..."no comment" when his toughness is questioned by media and not-so-intelligent nfl players.  I have no dog in the hunt as I am a falcons fan still recovering from an a$$ kicking. 
For those players who twittered their opinions too early, please read the following poem written by teddy roosevelt:

“It is not the critic who counts, nor the man who points out how the strong man stumbled, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs and comes short again and again; who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spends himself in a worthy cause; Who, at the best, knows in the end the triumph of high achievement; and who, at the worst, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

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