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Jay Cutler takes a licking, then gets beat up on Twitter

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  January 24, 2011 11:46 AM

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Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler congratulated Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers after the Bears lost the Packers 21-14. (Mike Segar / REUTERS)

As the saying goes, there's no rest for the weary. And Jay Cutler is being worn down in Chicago faster than it took Al Davis to give mega bust JaMarcus Russell the boot.

However, this time, it appears the shellacking is uncalled for. The Chicago Sun-Times is reporting that Cutler has an MCL tear, according to a source close to the situation.

Cutler has been the subject of ridicule since Sunday's abysmal outing against the Green Bay Packers in at 21-14 loss in the NFC Championship. He was injured in the first half of the game but still came out for the first series in the second half. He didn't return getting replaced by second-string quarterback Todd Collins, who was then replaced by third-stringer Caleb Hanie. Cutler finished 6 of 14 passing for 80 yards and the interception. He was roundly criticized for quitting on his team.

NFL star Maurice Jones-Drew took to Twitter to lambast the quarterback, saying among other things that he should've finished the game.

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Kherry Rhodes, a defensive back for the Arizona Cardinals, said Cutler would have to wait to take his shower after the rest of the team if Cutler were on his team. He later apologized, qualifying that his statements would ring true if Cutler wasn't seriously injured.

However, that doesn't take away from the fact that fans still burned Cutler's jersey in Chicago and Hanie has somehow become a fan favorite after tossing a couple of touchdowns in a relief role.

It seems, with injury considerations aside, that Cutler has competition.

Editor's note: This post has been corrected from its original version.

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