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Cutler hopes to avoid Tillman-like decision

11/9/2012

As his teammate Charles Tillman grapples with potentially missing their game against the Houston Texans to be with his wife if she goes into labor on Sunday, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said he and fiance Kristin Cavallari won't be having any more babies during the season.

"It's tough. Me and Kristin after this last one said no more babies during football," Cutler said Friday on "Mike & Mike In The Morning" on ESPN Radio. "Hopefully we will avoid that at all costs. But before we had our child I would probably say hey, I'd miss it, I'd be there at the game.

"(After having his first child) I think it's tough to miss, anyone that has a kid, to miss your child being born. It's a special time. It would be tough. Hopefully it would be a home game and I would be able to do both. If it was away, I don't know. I'd try to pull all the strings I could to be there for the birth and for the game."

Cutler and Cavallari welcomed their first child on Aug. 8, a son born a day before a preseason game against the Denver Broncos. Cutler didn't have to make the difficult decision that Tillman could face, but he said he and his teammates support whatever choice Tillman makes.

"Most of the guys there are veteran guys who have kids who have been down this road before and say hey, go take care of your business and do what you got to do," Cutler said. "If you can get back you can get back. It's one of the best locker rooms I've been in. It starts with Brian Urlacher. He's the head statesman, he's been there a long time and he kind of sets the tempo for everybody."

Tillman tweeted Thursday that his wife will deliver their child on Monday, so he'll be able to play Sunday night. He tweeted to the account of "Mike & Mike": "god, family, football... Baby is coming Monday don't worry I'll be there Sunday."

Tillman first raised the possibility of missing the game Wednesday when he said on WSCR-AM 670, "The wife is due any day, so hopefully this baby can stay in until after the game on Sunday. I hope she stays in -- I'm having another girl. Monday, for sure, but if she comes Sunday, I think I'm going to have to be at the hospital Sunday. So, I hope she stays in until after Sunday."

Tillman, who was the NFC defensive player of the month for October, is having one of his best seasons with seven forced fumbles, two interceptions and two touchdowns.