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Cutler controversy won’t go away

NFC Championship Football

Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler (6) walks off the field just before the end of the first half of the NFC Championship NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday, Jan. 23, 2011, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)


We had intended the portion of Thursday’s PFT Live monologue regarding the potential impact of the decisions made in the FOX production truck on the firestorm engulfing Bears quarterback Jay Cutler to be our last word on the story.

But then something happened.

Cutler went out. For a walk.

TMZ has video of Cutler with his girlfriend, a charming lass who at one point tells the dude with the camera to “get out of my face with that.” I guess we’re supposed to know who she is, but we care about as much about that as Cutler himself cares about, well, anything.

At least he was trying to be inconspicuous, trailing the prancing Miss Thing by a couple of steps while wearing sunglasses on a cloudy day with his hands plunged deep in the pockets of his Back to the Future-style life preserver. It’s as if Cutler knew that they’d inevitably be videotaped, and that those inclined to parrot the “Cutler is weak” mantra would then point to the fact that he’s walking fine, without a brace or crutches or a limp.

To the extent that he knew this would happen, he should have just stayed inside.

As we said regarding the story that Cutler walked up a flight of stairs on Sunday night, the fact that he can walk without a limp doesn’t mean he doesn’t have an injury to his MCL. But folks will continue to buzz about the story, due in large part to the narrative that initially was established when FOX began pumping up to the satellite images of a disinterested, aloof, and detached Cutler during the second half of Sunday’s game.

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