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Monday, October 22, 2012
Cutler plays second half after injuring ribs

By Michael C. Wright

CHICAGO -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler suffered bruised ribs on a vicious sack from Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, but he played through it in the second half of a 13-7 victory on Monday night.

With 5:06 left in the first half, Cutler dropped back to pass with Suh closing fast. As Cutler appeared ready to throw the ball, Suh grabbed a hold of the quarterback and slammed him backward to the ground for an 8-yard sack. Cutler's head bounced off the turf under the weight of Suh, who appeared to have his right arm pinned against the quarterback's helmet as the two crashed to the ground.

Cutler lay on the field for a few minutes before leaving on his own power with Jason Campbell entering the game in relief for one play. Cutler returned after one play to a standing ovation from the Soldier Field crowd.

But Cutler walked to the locker room with 1:22 remaining in the first half to have his ribs checked out by the team's medical staff. He returned to play the second half, but admitted his sore ribs limited his play.

"I'm going to be really sore in the morning," Cutler told ESPN's Lisa Salters.

Cutler completed 16 of 30 passes for 150 yards and one touchdown. He also rushed for 34 yards but was sacked five times.