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Monday, December 20, 2010
Jay Cutler got three stitches in chin

By Michael C. Wright
ESPNChicago.com

MINNEAPOLIS -- Jay Cutler received three stitches to close up a gash on his chin suffered Monday night in the first half of the Chicago Bears' 40-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings.

"Yeah, on that pick, I got hit under the chin and needed some stitches," Cutler said.

The quarterback suffered the minor injury in the second quarter just after the two-minute warning. After throwing a 32-yard touchdown to Devin Aromashodu, which was nullified by offsetting penalties from Bears tackle J'Marcus Webb and Vikings defensive end Ray Edwards, Cutler looked to go deep again on the next play.

As Cutler dropped back looking for Johnny Knox, Minnesota's Antoine Winfield came off the edge on a cornerback blitz, hitting the quarterback in the chin with the top of his helmet just as he released the ball. Winfield's hit didn't appear to be malicious, and the cornerback even held up Cutler to keep him from going to the ground.

Cutler immediately signaled to a nearby official to throw a flag, but the play -- resulting in an interception for Asher Allen -- didn't result in a penalty. The Vikings took possession on their own 34 after a 27-yard return by Allen.

Bears coach Lovie Smith expressed relief about his team coming out of yet another game relatively injury free.

"Well, no major injuries," Smith said. "Injury-wise, we came out in decent shape."

Michael C. Wright covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.