Jay Cutler Battered, Bruised in Bears 13-7 Win Over Lions


Oct 22, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) is sacked by Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh (90) during the first half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Jay Cutler was battered and bruised in the Bears 13-7 win over the Detroit Lions.  Jay came out firing early on, leading the Bears right down the field on their opening possession.  He also moved the ball well on the ground, scrambling three times for 34 yards in the early going.

With just over 5 minutes left in the second quarter, Cutler was sacked violently – but cleanly – by Ndamukong Suh.  Here’s a gif of the play:

Watch the full play here on NFL.com.

When a guy like Suh is involved in a play like that, questions will come up about whether or not it was a dirty play.  Suh has a history with Cutler and a few personal fouls to his record as a QB killer.

At first, it looked like Cutler may have suffered a head injury, as he laid on the ground grasping at the back of his head.  It turns out it may have been a pain issue, as he was supposedly treated for bruised ribs. Cutler returned after the injury but went to the locker room early with about 2 minutes left in the half to be evaluated as Jason Campbell got his first meaningful action of the season.  Cutler returned to play the full second half, albeit in a limited manner.

Cutler completed 9 of 17 passes for 73 yards and a touchdown in the first half before the injury.  Returning in the second half, he completed 7 out of 14 for 77 yards as the offense stagnated and he short hopped a few throws.  He finished the day 16 of 31 for 150 and the one, opening drive touchdown.

It’s a short week before Cutler and the Bears get back on the field to take on a struggling Carolina Panthers team at Soldier Field on Sunday.  Let’s hope for a speedy recovery for #6 and the rest of the 5-1 NFC North leading Bears.