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Updated: August 6, 2013 11:38PM

Jay Cutler had a tough practice Tuesday, throwing four interceptions.

Three of the interceptions resulted from plays by the defensive line. Tackle Henry Melton batted a pass into the air, picked it off and returned it for a touchdown, end Shea McClellin leaped to snare a pass at the line and returned it for a touchdown and cornerback Isaiah Frey had an interception off a pass that was tipped at the line. Safety Chris Conte had the fourth interception.

The tipped balls at the line apparently violated the spirit of the practice.

‘‘We try to discourage jumping up in the air for the ball so we can complete plays and let everybody go to the ball and finish,’’ coach Marc Trestman said.

‘‘I think we need to remind them again [about the no-leaping rule],’’ Cutler said. ‘‘It’s frustrating offensively . . . but we have to battle through it, and we know we’re going to the right guy, the right spot.’’

Cutler countered with a deep ball to receiver Joe Anderson for a touchdown, but it was the defense’s day.


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