After Jay Cutler’s MCL injury was described by Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith as a “MCL sprain,” some took the usage of sprain rather than tear as further evidence of Cutler’s quittiness. After all, we’ve all played sports or kept exercising through sprains, right?
But an MCL sprain is the same thing as a complete or incomplete MCL tear. And the Chicago Sun-Times' Sean Jensen reports on Twitter that Cutler has a Grade II MCL tear, the second-most severe grade such an injury can merit.
While it’s still not a complete tear, the injury has highly impaired Cutler’s stability and mobility. He likely had no ability to rely on his knee after the injury struck, and thus couldn’t have done much more than take snaps from a shotgun set and hand off to Matt Forte if he’d stayed in.
Cutler will be off his feet for most of the next month, if this report is accurate.