Initiate Reputation Restoration: Jay Cutler Took Painkiller During NFC Title Game
And here we are, folks. Time for Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to begin the process of reclaiming a little dignity, regaining a modicum of respect and to perform some much needed rehabilitation to his badly damaged reputation. Reports out of Chicago are indicating that Jay Cutler did everything in his power to get back out there on the field during the NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers, even taking a painkiller shot at halftime to help alleviate the effects of a Grade II MCL tear to his left knee that Cutler suffered in the first half, apparently when Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Ryan Pickett landed on it.
Via a Sean Jensen report in the Chicago Sun-Times:
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.
Fair enough. I suppose Cutler deserves some credit for getting the shot and somewhat doing everything he could to help deal with the pain he was experiencing due to his wonky knee. But hey, I had to pop a couple of Vicodin just so I could get through watching Cutler’s putrid first half performance and you don’t see me bragging about it.
Jay Cutler received painkiller shot at halftime of NFC title game [Chicago Sun-Times]