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Urlacher on Cutler: 'He's tough as hell'

Bears star linebacker defends injured QB. Dave Miller

Print This January 23, 2011, 07:00 PM EST

With current and former NFL players questioning the toughness of Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who left Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers in the third quarter with an injured knee, teammate Brian Urlacher defended the signal-caller after the Packers' 21-14 victory.

Jay CutlerICONJay Cutler left during the third quarter of Sunday's loss with a knee injury.

"Jay was hurt," Urlacher said. "I don't question his toughness. He's tough as hell. He's one of the toughest guys on our football team. He doesn't bitch. He doesn't complain when he gets hit. He goes out there and plays his ass off every Sunday. He practices every single day. So, no, we don't question his toughness."

Urlacher was notified that some players around the league were questioning Cutler, particularly on Twitter.

"Nothing like jealous people who are sitting home watching," Urlacher said. "Players around the league you said, right? Yeah, love jealous people when they're watching our game on TV while their season is over."

Bears head coach Lovie Smith stressed in his postgame press conference that Cutler's departure was a team medical decision and that the former Denver Bronco could not play.

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