Report: Cutler took shot for pain in loss
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler received a painkiller shot at halftime of the NFC title-game loss Jan. 23, a Chicago newspaper reported Thursday.
Cutler had come under criticism after the game from players, fans and media who believed he didn't try hard enough to play through a knee injury. But a source told the Sun-Times that Cutler insisted on receiving the injection to ease the pain so that he could attempt to play in the second half.
Cutler injured his left knee early in the second quarter of the playoff loss to the Green Bay Packers. Cutler headed to the locker room ahead of his teammates, and the Bears medical staff confirmed their initial assessment.
Cutler returned to the field in the third quarter but left the game after a three-and-out series.
The following morning, an MRI showed that Cutler suffered a Grade II MCL tear, an injury that typically sidelines athletes for three to six weeks.