The news just gets better and better for the Chicago Bears. According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Jay Cutler has an injured MCL in his knee in addition to the whiplash he suffered last week at the hands of the Minnesota Vikings. Cutler is expected to play Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.
Knee injuries, Cutler, Packers; where have we heard this song before? Oh yeah, the 2011 NFC Championship Game. Cutler’s toughness and everything else was questioned that day when Cutler had to exit the game with a MCL injury. The whole situation was handled terribly by the Bears. No announcements on the injury were made during the game and shots of Cutler standing on the sidelines with a disgruntled look on his face were present for all to see. Fans, players and the media had a field day with Cutler.
I think in most people with half-a-brain’s eyes, Cutler has shaken the notion that he isn’t tough. In addition to the fact he plays football while dealing with Type 1 Diabetes, he also takes a beating. On runs, he often refuses to slide and will initiate contact with defenders. There are many things with Cutler that can be disputed, but his toughness isn’t one of these things. Even still, he still has doubters around the league.
This Sunday at Soldier Field the Bears are fighting for their playoff lives. Cutler’s injuries (along with other key teammates) is going to make things difficult. However, injuries are not an excuse. The Bears need to prove that they’re not quite dead. And quite frankly, I don’t think that will happen.
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