Is it Fair to Call Jay Cutler Injury Prone?

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Oct 20, 2013; Landover, MD, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) lays on the field with an apparent injury against the Washington Redskins during the first half at FedEX Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Prone (prōn)

adjective 1. likely to or liable to suffer from, do, or experience something, typically something regrettable or unwelcome.

“years of logging had left the mountains prone to mudslides”

synonyms: susceptible, vulnerable, subject, open, liable, given, predisposed, likely, disposed, inclined, apt; at risk of

“untreated wood is prone to rotting”

The question is simple – is Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler injury prone?  The question has to be asked because for the fourth straight season, Jay will miss time due to injury.  Contract negotiations are right around the corner and you’d better believe that this will be a bargaining chip the Bears try to use to bring down Cutler’s value.   Let’s look back at each of Cutler’s injuries and the time he missed.

2010

Injury: Concussion

Circumstances:  There are two serious injuries suffered in this season.  Let’s look at both. The first was in Week 4 trip to New Jersey to take on the Giants.  This is the game where the Giants sacked Jay Cutler 9 times in just a half of football.  It was a miserable performance by the offensive line and the first time Bears fans wondered, “what the heck is Mike Martz doing?”

Games Missed: 1.5 games missed.  Second half of the Giants game, next game against the Carolina Panthers.

Results: The Bears lost the Giants game 17-3 but won the game Todd Collins started against the 0-4 Carolina Panthers 17-3.  Collins threw 4 picks but Matt Forte rushed for 166 yards and 2 TD’s.

Injury: Torn MCL

Circumstances: NFC Championship Game against the Green Bay Packers with a berth to the Super Bowl at stake.  Cutler and the Bears started off slowly and some time during the first half, Cutler suffered a knee injury.  It was difficult to  pinpoint the exact play when he suffered the injury, but Todd Collins warmed up after halftime and well, the rest as they say, is history.

Games Missed: Just the second half of the game, unknown how much time he would have missed.

Results: The Bears lost the NFC Championship game and Cutler was publicly chastised with many people including fellow athletes, questioning his toughness.

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