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Monday, January 24, 2011
Will Jones-Drew try playing cornerback?

By Paul Kuharsky

No, Maurice Jones-Drew isn't changing positions.

But that backpedaling might help the Jacksonville Jaguars at cornerback if the running back wanted to become a two-way player.

Jones-Drew spoke to the Associated Press on Monday to try to stem the backlash from two tweets he wrote about Jay Cutler during the NFC Championship Game.

Jacksonville's Maurice Jones-Drew
On Monday, Maurice Jones-Drew backed away from his Sunday tweets about Jay Cutler.
The first was aimed at Florida fans more than Cutler, he explained.

"I threw out this joke and the backlash came in," Jones-Drew said. "I tried to make it right, but it backfired."

From the story:
The Bears are still miffed by the tweets. Receiver Earl Bennett, Cutler's teammate at Vanderbilt, called the criticism "very unprofessional." Defensive tackle Anthony Adams labeled it "garbage" and "unfair."

"I expect them to stick up for Cutler," Jones-Drew said. "That's your teammate, that's how this league works. I hope they realize I don't have any hard feelings toward Cutler. I never questioned his toughness. It's not a matter of toughness. You have to be tough to play this game.

"I don't think anyone was questioning his toughness. Some guys were questioning his body language on the sideline at the end of the game. I wasn't even doing that. I was making a joke for the Florida fans and people took it out of context."

Clearly people were questioning Cutler's toughness.

And no matter the intended tone of Jones-Drew's second tweet -- "All I'm saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee... I played the whole season on one..." -- it seems difficult to believe it didn't question Cutler's toughness.

I don't question Jones-Drew's, but pointed out in that post this morning that MJD did not, in fact, play the whole season on a bad knee. He missed the team's final two games.

As my NFC West colleague Mike Sando pointed, any player who publicly questioned Cutler's toughness is now open to extra scrutiny with regard to his injury history and injuries going forward.

Here's to hoping Jones-Drew remains durable going forward.