At this point, it may be easier to come up with a list of teammates who haven't defended Jay Cutler after he suffered an MCL injury in the Chicago Bears loss to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship game. From Brian Urlacherto Chris Harris to head coach Lovie Smith, the Bears are in full-on damage control after a lot of folks bashed Cutler for coming out of the game.
The latest? QB Caleb Hanie who, after Todd Collins got hurt replacing Cutler, came into the game. Hanie talked with Dan Patrick and said Cutler was into the game -- even if his sideline demeanor suggested he wasn't.
"He talked to me a lot coming off the field," Hanie said during his appearance. "Trying to calm me down. Telling me to trust my line. Trust my reads. I thought he was well into the game. He told me what blitzes they were bringing. What coverages they were running."
Clearly, questioning Cutler's toughness is a way to get the Bears attention. They had all hands on deck once the media, fans and former and current players started to question his toughness. Hanie is the latest in that long line of players who didn't think the reaction was fair.
For at least a moment, one of the most overplayed stories in the NFL this year is starting to die down.