Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler doesn't think Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh is a dirty player, nor does he think the hit that injured him was dirty.
On Monday Night Football against the Detroit Lions, Jay Cutler took a bad sack from Ndamukong Suh, and the Chicago Bears quarterback is dealing with bruised ribs. Naturally, we've already started to hear about how Suh is a dirty player, given his history in the league. But according to ESPN Chicago, Cutler doesn't think Suh is a dirty player or that the hit on him was dirty at all:
"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."
Cutler essentially got wrapped around Suh, and his midsection hit Suh's knee in the fray. Cutler actually said he was lucky on the hit, indicating that he thought the play could have ended up much worse.
Still, even though he believes Suh is not a dirty player, Cutler's teammates are singing a different tune. Wide receiver Brandon Marshall said that it "wasn't a good football play," and suggested that Cutler was just protecting himself with the media by not immediately calling out Suh and jumping on the "Suh is dirty" bandwagon.
Cutler believes he'll be fine on Sunday against the Carolina Panthers.