Jay Cutler received painkiller shot at halftime of NFC title game
By Sean Jensen on February 2, 2011 6:48 PM
Amid questions that he didn't try hard enough to play through a knee injury, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler received a painkiller shot at halftime of the NFC title game, a source close to the situation told the Sun-Times.
It's believed Cutler injured his knee on the first play of the second quarter, when Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Ryan Pickett landed on his left knee, as he attempted a short pass to running back Matt Forte. Cutler headed to the locker room for halftime ahead of his teammates, and doctors and trainers confirmed their initial, on-field assessment.
It's believed the team planned to shelve him for the remainder of the game, at that point. But that Cutler insisted on trying to play and received a painkiller injection to ease the pain.
He returned to the field a few minutes after the rest of his teammates, and he led the offense on the opening series of the second half. But on a handoff to Forte, Cutler's knee buckled, and he left the game for good after that three-and-out series.
On Monday morning, an MRI showed that Cutler suffered a Grade II MCL tear, an injury that typically sidelines athletes for three to six weeks.
Whatever his faults Jay Cutler is the Bears franchise QB and will be for the foreseeable future regardless of how he plays. The guy has so much talent that once the Oline problems are fixed and the offense gets more comfortable with Martz's system I think he'll win a lot of games even on his bad days and just like Favre I don't expect those to just disappear.
Just kick Collins to the curb corral Hanie and make him #2 then get a young QB in training to develop either as a rookie FA or off of someone else's roster or practice squad. Problems solved.
I've always been a fan of his"I don't know him that well, but I've always been a fan of his. A guy that's able to battle through diabetes, something that's such a debilitating disease, he's been able to fight through that and overcome that, that speaks volumes for his toughness. ... So I have a tremendous amount of respect for the guy."One of those quotes is a lie, but I'm a believer in the theory that if a lie is told often enough, it becomes the truth....."The Cardinals and I agree, I should be traded to the Chicago Bears for little to nothing"
Soulman's right. Release Collins and sign a young College Free Agent (Case Keenum, Houston) for the future.
3. p.ex. Keenum
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Haven't we learned anything about QB's from houston? They all play that spread offense, and are essentially worthless. Let's see if Tommy Chiang is available while we're at it..