Bears quarterback Jay Cutler had to leave the NFC Championship game in the third quarter with an unspecified knee injury. | AP
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler left the NFC Championship game in the third quarter with a knee injury. The team said he would be questionable for the remainder of the game, but Cutler was sitting on the sideline with no ice or treatment.
Seldom-used Todd Collins replaced Cutler. After Collins failed to move the ball, the Bears went to third-stringer Caleb Hanie, which meant neithe Cutler nor Collins could return.
It wasn’t readily apparent on what play the injury happened.
Cutler told the Bears’ staff he wasn’t sure of the exact play, but it happened sometime in the first half, FOX reported. On his final play of the half, Cutler threw a deep pass to Johnny Knox that Packers defensive back Sam Shields picked off at the goal line. Cutler walked off to the locker room early as the seconds ticked down until halftime.