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Urlacher backs Cutler, rips players who called out Bears' QB

Time hasn't been a healer for Brian Urlacher, who's still angry at all the NFL players who blew up Twitter four months ago with criticism of his quarterback.

"It was stupid," the Bears linebacker told the *Chicago Sun-Times* on Sunday after being asked about the backlash from Cutler leaving the Jan. 23 NFC Championship Game with an injury. "Then all the guys that were trying to get attention, it was just dumb to me. They're not playing, so don't talk (trash) about someone who is playing.

"If Jay could have been in there, he would have been. That's all I know. ... He's a tough dude. He played hurt, and anyone who watches our games knows how tough he is."

Cutler missed most of the second half of the loss to the Green Bay Packers with what the Sun-Times reported was a Grade II tear of the medial collateral ligament in his left knee. Urlacher immediately rushed to Cutler's defense then and isn't backing down now, saying the quarterback definitely is a leader.

"He doesn't have to be vocal," Urlacher said. "He shows up to work every day, he's the first one in the building, practices his (butt) off and he does all the extra stuff. He does the right things.

"He sets up guys on offense, and he lets them know when they (mess) up. In practice, he gets after people. He's the leader of our offense."

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