Cutler sprained his knee ligament
LAKE FOREST, Ill.
That assessment came Monday from coach Lovie Smith. He says Cutler sprained one of his medial collateral ligaments in Sunday's 21-14 loss to Green Bay in the NFC Championship game.
Asked about Cutler on Monday, Hanie said: ''He's limping around and feels bad that we lost.''
Cutler's removal from the game sparked widespread controversy among the media, other NFL players and Bears fans over the extent of the injury. Many felt as though Cutler's injury didn't look bad enough to warrant missing such an important game.
"I think it's crap," general manager Jerry Angelo said. "I thought they (players) were a union. If that's the way they unionize themselves, they got bigger issues than the one that they have with the owners. I'm very disappointed. That, to me, is dirty pool."
NFL players' Twitter feeds were ablaze Sunday with opinions on Cutler's status.
The Bears profusely defended Cutler after the game.
“If he couldn’t be in there, it’s because he was hurt, because he couldn’t go and probably thought he was hurting the team if he couldn’t be in there," linebacker Brian Urlacher said. "That’s why."
"I'll just tell you this, the one thing I know about Jay Cutler is he's tough," said third-string quarterback Hanie, who led a late comeback bid. "Another thing I know about him is he's going to stand up for his teammates. He didn't want to let his teammates down. So if he could have been on the field and been productive for the team, he would have done it."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.