Jay Cutler and the Changing Narrative
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Jensen's piece is particularly illuminating. In it, he suggests Cutler should have feigned greater pain, danced in agony along the sideline, and stretched his face in theatric anguish. That's what Twitter wanted. That's what the fans wanted.
Instead, Cutler downplayed his injury in an effort to not distract his teammates. Yet the reaction among the fans proved vitriol. Said Jensen:
[Hines] Ward, considered one of the league’s toughest players, suffered the same injury in the 2009 AFC title game as Cutler did Sunday — a torn medial collateral ligament.And, Jensen notes, fans would be wise to immediately cease discussions about the TMZ video. Per a real doctor with real knowledge of injuries: You can't play, but you can walk. Boom, blockquote:
Yet Cutler faced a barrage of immediate attacks on his toughness by fans and players alike.
And for anyone questioning why he didn’t return, ElAttrache said a Grade II MCL tear would be difficult for a right-handed quarterback such as Cutler to play through. Cutler’s left knee is the one he uses to plant.Props to these two writers for daring to change the story.
‘‘I don’t care if it’s golf or pitchers when it’s your front leg,” ElAttrache said. ‘‘You can’t perform at that level.’’
So next time you see footage of Cutler walking, educate yourself about a Grade II MCL tear.
‘‘It’s very common to be able to walk and climb stairs, often able to jog straight ahead,’’ said ElAttrache, who performed Brady’s reconstructive knee surgery in 2008. ‘‘The public reaction to his activity is understandable but misinformed. In reality, it’s not appropriate.’’