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Cutler has Grade II MCL tear

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler suffered torn MCL NFC Championship game according source close situation.  | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

Bears quarterback Jay Cutler suffered a torn MCL in the NFC Championship game, according to a source close to the situation. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: January 24, 2011 6:18PM



As first reported by the Chicago Sun-Times, Bears quarterback Jay Cutler suffered an MCL injury to his left knee in Sunday’s NFC Championship game against the Packers. It is a Grade II tear, meaning it will take three to four weeks to heal, the Sun-Times has learned.

Neither Cutler nor coach Lovie Smith explained after the game when the injury occurred, but Cutler headed to the locker room at halftime ahead of his teammates. He tested the stability of his knee in the opening series of the third quarter, but Smith said the team made the decision to remove him from the game.

When asked at Monday’s press conference if Cutler would have been available for the Super Bowl, the Bears coach said he would have been “questionable.”

Cutler was seen hobbling around the Bears’ Halas Hall practice facility on Monday.

“He’s limping around and feels bad that we lost,” said backup quarterback Caleb Hanie.

An MCL tear is consistent with what Cutler noted after the game, that he was hit on the outside of his knee.

The medial collateral ligament is one of the four ligaments that stabilizes the knee joint.



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