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Sitting out?

January 24, 2011 - Mike Mathison
Questions have swirled for years about how tough Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler really is and those questions got even louder Sunday.

While his team was dropping a 21-14 decision to Green Bay in the NFC Championship game at Soldiers Field, Cutler spend the second half on the sidelines watching a third-string quarterback do more in the fourth quarter than he did in the first half.

The story is Cutler hurt his knee on the last play before the half and could not go in the second half after one series.

Because of that, Cutler was blasted by his NFL brethren for not sucking it up and playing because of what was at stake -- a trip to the Super Bowl. This wasn't the fourth game of the NFL preseason, this was for a trip to Dallas Stadium, the house that Jerry built.

But, Cutler put on his parka and watched.

Three years ago San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers played on a torn ACL in his right knee at New England for the chance to play in the Super Bowl.

I do not know for sure how hurt Cutler is, but perception is reality in a lot of cases and the perception is that Cutler quit on his team.


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