Chicago Bears QB Jay Cutler Says Detroit Lions Ndamukong Suh ‘Aggressive,’ Not Dirty
LAKE FOREST, Ill. -- Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler plans to treat Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers like any other, even with bruised ribs.
Cutler suffered the injury Monday night on a sack by Detroit Lion's Ndamukong Suh. Cutler said he regularly wears a flak jacket and plans to wear one again against Carolina.
Suh has a reputation for dirty hits, but Cutler insisted there was nothing illegal about the sack even if it looked ugly.
"It was like a wrestling move a little bit," Cutler said. "(Suh) plays hard. It's out of the pocket. He's playing football. "I don't have a problem with that, I really don't. I don't think it was dirty. He plays an aggressive style of football. That's just who he is."
Teammate Brandon Marshall expressed a different opinion immediately after the game by criticizing Suh on Twitter. He hadn't changed his mind about the hit on Cutler by Wednesday.
"I'm not going to back off on that," he said. "I already said what I have to say, but I think Jay is in a position with you (media) guys that anything he says may be taken the wrong way. So I think it's important for his teammates to maybe speak for him at times. I'm around Jay every single day on and off the field so I know how he feels. And for me, I just think it wasn't a good football play."
Cutler has been sacked 19 times this season, fifth-most in the NFL.
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