Jay Cutler Has Sprained MCL

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) walks off the field just before the end of the first half of the NFC Championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast) AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) walks off the field just before the end of the first half of the NFC Championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast


(CBS/AP)Bears quarterback Jay Cutler has a sprained ligament in his left knee and would have been questionable had Chicago made it to the Super Bowl.

That assessment came Monday from coach Lovie Smith. He says Cutler sprained his medial collateral ligament in Sunday's 21-14 loss to Green Bay in the NFC Championship game.

Linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa said he feels sympathy for Cutler, who missed most of the second half when Chicago rallied for two touchdowns behind backup Caleb Hanie.

Asked about Cutler on Monday, Hanie said: "He's limping around and feels bad that we lost."

Shortly after he left the game, the Bears QB was widely criticized by fellow players for his perceived lack of toughness with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line.

  • CBS Interactive staff

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