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Jay Cutler on his helmet-losing run: ‘Just playing football’

INDIANAPOLIS – One of quarterback Jay Cutler’s best plays against the Colts didn’t count. But it won’t be forgotten anytime soon – not when he runs over a Colts defender in the process.

Late in the first quarter, Cutler scrambled to his right on third-and-goal from the Colts’ 13. Cutler, who was sacked a play earlier, sidestepped cornerback Darius Butler and lowered his shoulder into cornerback Greg Toler at the goal line.

Coach John Fox said he likes such a play “if it helps the team.” But it still was his starting quarterback. Cutler lost his helmet on the collision.

“Obviously, you hold your breath any time a guy goes down or is hit pretty solid, in particular, quarterbacks,” Fox said after the Bears’ 23-11 exhibition win Saturday night at Lucas Oil Stadium.

“It’s a physical game. I thought it was good for the team. It didn’t count on the board, but I think all in all, it was an excellent effort.”

It didn’t count because guard Kyle Long was penalized for holding. Cutler also was ruled out at the Colts’ 1. Toler, though, did leave the game with a strained neck.

“Just instincts take over that point, just playing football,” said Cutler, who was 8-for-9 for 69 yards. “I was just trying to get into the end zone.”

Cutler said he received a “few talks” on the sideline after the play.

“I’m just lucky to get out of there healthy,” Cutler said. “Guys get excited, but still, you got to play to smart. You’ve got to realize this one doesn’t count. We’ve got 16 real ones we’ve got to get ready for.”

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