CHICAGO (CBS) — Bears quarterback Jay Cutler received a painkiller shot during halftime in the NFC Championship Game last month, according to a published report.
The Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday morning that Cutler headed to the locker room ahead of his teammates.
He is believed to have hurt his knee during the first play of the second quarter, when Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Ryan Pickett landed on Cutler’s left knee, the Sun-Times reported.
Cutler suffered a Grade II sprain of his medial collateral ligament in the game, which the Bears lost 21-14.
Immediately following Cutler’s removal from the game, current and former NFL players, along with fans questioned Cutler’s toughness and commitment, a response that didn’t sit well with Bears’ players, coaches and front office personnel.