Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who suffered bruised ribs and was temporarily knocked out of Monday night's victory over the Detroit Lions when he was sacked by Ndamukong Suh, said he's feeling the effects of the hit but will be ''good to go'' for Sunday's game against the Carolina Panthers at Soldier Field.
''It was a tough hit,'' Cutler said Tuesday on ''The Jay Cutler Show,'' his weekly appearance on ''The Silvy & Waddle Show'' on WMVP-AM. ''He caught me just right. It was an awkward fall more than anything and kind of caught me on his knee and the ball a little bit. I'll be all right.''
Cutler said he does not plan to take any painkillers this week. ''I'm just tight,'' he said. ''Everyday movements I'm all right. We have to throw on Thursday, s it'll be a little bit tight. I'll be good to go by Sunday.''
Though teammate Brandon Marshall said in ESPN's ''First Take'' show on Tuesday morning that he felt the hit by Suh was a dirty play, Cutler reiterated that he did not think Suh crossed the line.
''That [Lions] defense, you know going into it what their intentions are,'' Cutler said. ''They play hard football. They get after the quarterback. They're tough tacklers. That's just who they are.
''I'm not going tot ake anything away from them. I still think it was clean. And [Suh's] a good player. That's what makes him who he is, is playing that way.''
Cutler was 16-of-31 for 150 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions for a 76.0 passer rating against the Lions. He was 9-of-16 for 73 yards and a touchdown (88.8 rating) prior to the Suh hit and 7-of-15 for 77 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions (62.4) after the Suh hit.
He said he wears protective padding every game and will not do anything different Sunday because of the injury he suffered on Monday night.
''I had 320 pounds slammed on me and the ball. So it's just one of those freak things,'' Cutler said. ''I don't play without some rib protection.''