(CBS) Bears quarterback Jay Cutler on Monday publicly chided his teammates for repeated physical altercations in practice.
As training camp continues, Cutler feels the usual pushing, shoving, hitting and after-the-whistle antics have gone too far, presenting more risk for a team already facing a recent string of injuries, including Monday’s news that center Hroniss Grasu will be out all season with a torn right ACL.
Perhaps the biggest instigator has been center Ted Larsen, who has been at the center of several of the fights over the course of the past week. Larsen and company need to calm down, Cutler said.
“He has been in a lot of them,” Cutler said. “We had talked Saturday at Fan Fest afterward. You know, we’re getting to a point where it’s a tough team, I think. We’re now getting to the point we’re where just being a dumb team. So we have to find that fine line of when we’re being tough and when we’re being dumb. I think we’re right there on that edge, so now we have to start dialing it back and getting ready for games.”
Cutler was none too pleased to see three-time Pro Bowl guard Kyle Long sprint to join in a scrum Saturday at the Family Fest practice.
“He’s got to be smarter than that,” Cutler said. “We talked to him. He’s better than that. He’s smarter than that. he’s come a long ways in his years here. I know he’s protecting his teammates and doing everything possible, but there’s some things you just can’t do.”
Upon reflection, Long agreed with Cutler.
“That’s a bad representation of myself as an athlete and somebody as a role model for younger kids,” Long said.
“It can’t happen. I hold myself accountable for some of the stuff. That’s on me.”