Will Jay Cutler be able to avoid the rush of Clay Matthews this weekend? Raymond T. Rivard photograph

Are the Chicago Bears going the excuse route with Jay Cutler?

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This morning Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune reported that Chicago Bears quarterback and whiner extraordinaire Jay Cutler suffered yet one more injury to add to his litany of excuses for his inability to win the big games – this time it’s a sprained MCL suffered against the Vikings last weekend.

Maybe we can add that to the sprained brain that he’s had for oh, 20-plus years.

Of course, I’m kidding. We all know that Jay Cutler, when he’s on, can be very effective; and now that he’s got some targets on the outside in the form of one Brandon (I like to talk) Marshall, Alshon Jeffery, and Devin Hester, the Bears are a threat to score from anywhere on the field at any given moment.

That is if Cutler is healthy, has his wits about him, gets the protection and can figure out from which angle Clay Matthews will arrive. Now that it’s been revealed that he has this knee problem, it’s unclear whether Cutler will even last the entire game, especially if the Packers come after him with the aggression they did back in September.

Already this season Cutler has been hampered by concussions, a sore neck last week and now the knee. Chicago head coach Lovie Smith said the sprained MCL isn’t nearly as serious as the knee sprain Cutler suffered against the Packers back in the 2010 NFC Championship and that his quarterback will definitely play Sunday.

That’s a good thing. The Packers don’t want to play the Bears’ B-team. They want the first string on the field so their bragging rights will be legitimate. All Packers fans feel the same, though a good beatdown of Cutler would be music to everyone’s ears.

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