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Jones-Drew said he was rooting for Cutler and the Bears on Sunday, and acknowledged the knee injury was serious enough to leave the game. He also said he had received death threats from Bears fans.

Dockett posted, “If I’m on chicago team jay cutler has to wait till me and the team shower get dressed and leave before he comes in the locker room!”

Schlereth wrote, “As a guy how had 20 knee surgeries you’d have to drag me out on a stretcher to Leave a championship game!”

And Sanders had this to say, “Im telling u in the playoffs u must drag me off the field. All the medicine in pro lockerooms this dude comes out! I apologize bear fans! … Folks i never question a players injury but i do question a players heart.”

The way the Bears see it, Cutler doesn’t owe anyone an apology. They think he’s owed a few, in fact.

“I can’t even believe I’m sitting here talking about Cutler’s toughness,” Angelo said.

Cutler is often criticized for his demeanor, along with his decisions during games. But his toughness? That’s a new one.

No one took a bigger pounding this season.

The league-leading 52 sacks barely reflected the number of hits he absorbed. He was constantly under pressure, particularly in the early going, and even when he runs, he’ll often take the tackle rather than slide. He did it again at least once against the Packers.

“We’re in a perception business,” Angelo said. “I certainly didn’t like what was said. I take that personally, too. He’s our quarterback. We wouldn’t have been where we’re at without him, and I want that to be made clear. We stand by him.”

Green Bay defensive lineman B.J. Raji said he also thought the criticism was “pretty wrong and a lot times it has a lot to do with jealousy.”

“We hit the guy pretty hard, we broke out some different angles, all different places on the field,” Raji said. “I mean, he is a warrior. Any time a player has the longevity that he has had in this league you are a tough guy.”

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AP Video Journalist Robert Ray contributed to this report.