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Sunday, January 23, 2011
NFC West questions Cutler's toughness

By Mike Sando

Quick thoughts from NFC West players via Twitter regarding whether the Chicago Bears' Jay Cutler should have played through a knee injury in the NFC Championship Game:
Questioning an athlete's toughness without knowing details about his injury strikes me as unfair. The St. Louis Rams' Steven Jackson might agree.

Said Jackson via Twitter when asked about his restraint: "yeah, somethings you shouldn't comment on. (let's that what I believe)"

Seeing Cutler warm up on a stationary bike, stand on the sideline and even open the second half under center created powerful visuals -- particularly with Philip Rivers having played a postseason game despite a torn ACL, among other examples of NFL players fighting through injuries.

Also: Cutler's teammate, Brian Urlacher, defended his quarterback.