A closer look at Cutler's knee injury

January, 24, 2011
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Jay Cutler's early exit from Sunday's NFC Championship Game, which his Chicago Bears lost to the division-rival Green Bay Packers, has led to plenty of emotionally charged discussion, including criticism of the quarterback. Let's take a closer look at what we know about Cutler, specifically his knee injury.

After the game, Cutler indicated he was injured late in the first half after taking a hit to the outside of his knee. He did return after halftime for one series but subsequently departed when he could not perform effectively. On Monday, the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Cutler was undergoing an MRI to determine "the extent of a torn MCL believed to be in his left knee," citing a source close to the situation. During his Monday news conference, Bears coach Lovie Smith referred to Cutler's injury as an "MCL sprain," adding that this confirmed what the team had suspected at the time.

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