Tag:Jay Cutler
Posted on: February 2, 2011 8:08 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2011 8:11 pm

Report: Cutler received painkilling injection

Posted by Andy BenoitJ. Cutler (US Presswire)

If you were among the tweeters who questioned Jay Cutler's heart, there might be more egg to put on your face. Sean Jensen of the Chicago Sun Times is reporting that Cutler received a painkilling injection at halftime of the NFC Championship. Doctors were ruling Cutler out but he wanted to try and give it a go.

Jensen says it is believed Cutler was injured on the first play of the second quarter when Packers defensive lineman Ryan Pickett landed on his knee.

Jensen says the Bears reportedly tried to shelve Cutler at that point, but Cutler insisted on playing.

A skeptical but fair question, however, is if Cutler did indeed receive a shot and try to fight through the pain, why didn’t the Bears share this information afterward? True, teams don’t generally talk about painkilling injections. But in this case, their quarterback’s reputation was on the line.

Of course, Cutler himself never mentioned a painkiller.

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Posted on: January 28, 2011 11:11 am

John Madden sounds off on Cutler critics

Posted by Andy Benoit

John Madden is as passionate about football as anyone alive. Still, it’s not often that he gets riled up. J. Madden (US Presswire)

Appearing Thursday on Sirius radio, the legendary commentator sounded off on the Jay Cutler criticism. Here’s what Madden said (via Pro Football Talk):

“I’ve been in football for over 50 years. I’ve never questioned a player’s toughness. I never have.  Whether it was in coaching, broadcasting, whatever.

“There’s no one in the NFL that has a tougher job to do than Jay Cutler. I think playing quarterback in the NFL is the toughest thing you can do. I think throwing a forward pass and having guys rushing you and hitting you when you’re looking downfield and throwing the ball is the toughest act you have to do.”

After talking about how Cutler plays with Type 1 diabetes, Madden picked up the intensity.

“And then people are looking at him, they put a camera on him, and they say they don’t like his demeanor,” he said. “Demeanor hell!
“Live a day in his shoes. Type I diabetes is not a daytime thing.  It’s not a week thing.  It’s not a month thing.  It’s a life thing.  And it’s every day, and it’s every day for 24 hours.”

Madden’s grandson suffers from Type 1 diabetes.

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Posted on: January 27, 2011 11:47 am

Hot Routes 1.27.11 The Cutler Watch continues

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Would the Panthers really consider drafting a cornerback first overall?

Start the protests: Falcons are raising club seat ticket prices in 2011 by four percent.

The NFLPA is taking its case to the television airwaves.

Former Raiders center Jeremy Newberry says the Seahawks offensive linemen are in for a rude awakening given Tom Cable’s intensity.

Michael Vick has certainly been enjoying his return to Hawaii this week. (Everyone who follows him on Twitter knows that.)

The Bears must make a decision about what they want to do with RFA Caleb Hanie. Paying him to be the backup would make the most sense. There might be a team out there foolish enough to give the young guy Charlie Whitehurst type money, but that would require giving up draft picks as well.

TMZ has video of Jay Cutler and his celebrity girlfriend (Kristin Cavallari) walking around Los Angeles. Watch and see if you can spot a limp.

Maurice Jones-Drew apologized for his Cutler tweet. He’s also spending the next four months rehabbing his own knee injury, by the way.

Ben Volin of Palm Beach Post tells Dolphins fans not to get their hopes up for landing Palmer, Orton or Kolb.

A whole bunch of Saints are dealing with offseason surgeries.

The Jets won’t let the Raiders talk to secondary coach Dennis Thurman about the defensive coordinator job in Oakland. Thurman’s name has also been mentioned in Philadelphia.

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Posted on: January 26, 2011 10:33 am

Follet blames Satan for 'china doll' comments

Posted by Will Brinson

On Monday, Zach Follett went on the radio and referred to his quarterback as a "china doll." Even if Matthew Stafford's missed a lot of football games, the city of Detroit didn't appreciate that and got really made at the linebacker.

So, naturally, he did what anyone else would do -- fire up the video podcast machine, record a rambling short film in which he blamed Satan for his actions and post it on the Internet.

"Satan wants me to respond through the flesh and attack back" -- literal words spoken in that video. Now, there's no need for this to turn into a religious discussion, because, well, hey, do what you want and praise who you want.

But it seems a touch unfair to claim that Satan is working "through the media." I mean, he totally was with that whole Jay Cutler thing, but this was probably someone else's work.

Speaking of which, Follet also said yesterday he's "glad [the Lions] have Matt Stafford instead of the Bears quarterback because [Stafford] goes out there and plays with separated shoulders and wins games." Quick! Someone find another demonic entity to blame!

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Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:15 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 10:23 pm

Barkley: NFL'ers acted 'inappropriate' on Cutler

Posted by Will Brinson

Charles Barkley isn't scared to give a good quote, so you know someone was going to ask him about Jay Cutler.

That happened on Tuesday, and Barkley, unsurprisingly, took a quotable stance.

"I was mad at the players, to be honest with you," Barkley said on "The Waddle & Silvy Show." "I think it was inappropriate and wrong to question a guy's heart. Now reporters, they're going to do what they want to. They're entitled to their opinion. But as players, I don't think it's appropriate to question another guy's heart."

Barkley also said the Twitter commentary "crosses the line" and he also bashed Maurice Jones-Drew because the Jaguars running back missed the last two games of the season and yet was "really the first guy who crucified Jay."

What Barkley probably wasn't aware of, though, is that Jones-Drew received death threats from fans who were angry of his criticism toward Cutler. (This is, by the way, possible proof that the rhetoric in America is Looney Toons across the board.)

But Barkley also beefed a little toward Cutler, saying he was "disappointed that he wasn't standing by" Caleb Hanie during the game. Hanie said that Cutler was encouraging and helping him and whatnot, but that's not what the world saw.

The logical thing, then, would be to bring this puppy full circle by criticizing someone who's criticizing the people who were criticizing Cutler's performance on Sunday. But, frankly, the story's too played out at this point (plus, I just hate death threats) to warrant yelling at Barkley.

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Posted on: January 24, 2011 7:30 pm

Jones-Drew says he was kidding about Cutler

M. Jones-Drew said he was just kidding about ripping J. Cutler (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

You know how Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew ripped Bears QB Jay Cutler on Sunday after Cutler didn’t return to the game following his sprained MCL (I wrote about it here) ?

Well, apparently, Jones-Drew was just kidding around with Cutler.

Wrote Jones-Drew on Sunday: "Hey I think the urban meyer rule is effect right now... When the going gets tough........QUIT..” He also wrote this, “All I'm saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee... I played the whole season on one...”

Said Jones today in an interview with the AP: “I never attacked him, called him soft or a sore loser. I never questioned his toughness. I think people took my joke out of context. I was taking at shot at Florida fans."

I could see how Jones-Drew – who played all season with a torn meniscus in his knee – was joking in that first tweet, but in that second tweet, I’m not so sure.

Of course, Jones-Drew now is getting death threats. Which is utterly ridiculous (not to mention predictable).

"I don't have a problem with people coming back at me," Jones-Drew said. "That interaction makes it fun. But some people took it too far by threatening my life. ... I'm not going to stop tweeting. I've never attacked anyone and never will."

You know, it’s just nice to know that everybody involved is handling this situation in the most mature way possible.

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Posted on: January 24, 2011 5:24 pm
Edited on: January 25, 2011 10:29 am

Drew Brees: 'I had an MCL sprain' in 2010

Posted by Will Brinson

During the 2010 season, there was a lot of speculation about a possible Drew Brees knee injury -- in September a report surfaced that he had a sprained MCL and in November a radio station claimed the Saints were hiding a knee fracture and a torn meniscus in Brees' knee. Turns out, he was indeed injured -- the reigning Super Bowl MVP confirmed to CBSSports.com Monday afternoon that he dealt with a sprained MCL for six weeks.

The question about Brees' injury stemmed indirectly from Jay Cutler's injury on Sunday night (for which he caught some grief) and directly from teammate Heath Evans' claim Monday morning that Brees played on a sprained MCL for six weeks.

"Yeah, I had an MCL sprain this year and was able to rehab it and play with a brace and it limited my mobility for a period of time," Brees told CBSSports.com. "But I was fortunate enough to be able to get through it.

"Nobody knows the extent of Jay Cutler's injury except for him and the Bears training staff, so nobody can comment on it fairly. I think it's unfair to do so just because you don't know -- you can speculate all you want."

Brees, in Hawaii at the Pro Bowl working with P&G and NFL Play 60, took a stance that contrasts directly with his willingness to play through the injury, but his point is a salient one -- it's impossible to know whether Cutler could have been effective or not with the injury. His lone series in the third quarter, while not all that different from his first half, indicated to the Bears training staff -- based on what Cutler said about the injury -- that he'd be unable to perform up to snuff.

Listen to the full podcast with Drew Brees -- he talks about Cutler, the Super Bowl, the Saints' expectations for 2011, the possibility of a lockout, Twitter, Play 60 and much, much more -- below.

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Posted on: January 24, 2011 3:26 pm

Championship Game Podcast Review

Posted by Andy Benoit

Bears-Packers and Jets-Steelers both turned out to be close in the end. And both provided plenty of storylines. (You may have heard that a few people are questioning the toughness of a certain quarterback.) 

Be up to speed on all of it. Just hit the play button below and don't forget to Subscribe via iTunes.

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