Let the backlash and backtracking begin.
Jay Cutler has taken his beating and now, after sleeping off the slugfest against Green Bay, another teammate is following Brian Urlacher's lead and swinging back at Cutler's naysayers.
Apparently, hell hath no fury like NFL players with a free Sunday and Twitter accounts. And Bears safety Chris Harris was none too pleased with the shower of criticism that befell his quarterback.
Harris went on Sirius NFL Radio with Adam Schein and Rich Gannon Monday -- not long before it was confirmed that the controversial injury that forced Cutler to miss the second half against the Packers was actually a Grade II MCL sprain -- and unleashed a diatribe that did not shy from the NFL elite.
He especially took issue with Maurice Jones-Drew, who tweeted, "All I'm saying is that he can finish the game on a hurt knee... I played the whole season on one..." and "Hey I think the urban meyer rule is effect right now... When the going gets tough........QUIT."
Harris didn't appear to think an injured knee and a Twitter account made MJD a great source, and went after the Jaguars' Pro Bowl running back, mentioning that Jones-Drew "missed the last two (games of the season) with injury while (his) team was still fighting for a playoff spot. Harris added that many critics of Cutler's toughness were "the pot calling the kettle black."
Cutler -- who, as Harris mentioned, plays with Type 1 diabetes -- has not lashed out himself at any of the attacks, though he reportedly was shaken by them when informed of the social-media bashing after the NFC championship. His own last three tweets as of Monday 6 p.m. ET had been devoted to fundraising efforts for fighting diabetes.
However, Cutler's demeanor on the field and in front of the media has drawn some ire over the years, and the circumstances of his trade from Denver to Chicago raised eyebrows about his character. So did his noticeable lack of a limp or grimace in front of the camera on Sunday after he left Chicago's game with the knee injury.
And his character became a punching bag during the second half at Soldier Field.
"There is no medicine for a guy with no guts and heart," tweeted ESPN analyst and retired NFL great Derrick Brooks, not hesitating to join the Cutler attack mob that readily assembled on Twitter shortly after a stone-faced Cutler was transmitted from the Bears' sideline to the television screen.
Cardinals Pro Bowler Darnell Dockett joined in the anti-Cutler movement as well:
"If I'm on chicago team jay cutler has to wait till me and the team shower get dressed and leave before he comes in the locker room! #FACT," Dockett tweeted.
But before and after news of Cutler's MCL injury was revealed on Monday, ex- and current players began taking a different tone.
"I never attacked him, called him soft or a sore loser," Jones-Drew said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press Monday, before explaining that his jab was really directed at a popular university near Jacksonville. "I never questioned his toughness. I think people took my joke out of context. I was taking at shot at Florida fans."
"Again I never said anything about Cutler's injury I don't know what happen or how he felt all I said was I would of went back in the game!" Dockett tweeted in the wee hours Monday morning.
"Is it fair, is it unfair ... it's my opinion and I'm entitled to it" Brooks said on Sportscenter Monday evening.
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