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Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 09/18/2012

Jay Cutler is sorry he shoved J’Marcus Webb, but ...


Jay Cutler spent a great deal of time in the clutches of Green Bay Packers defensive players Thursday night. (Mike Roemer / AP)
Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said he’s sorry he bumped his left tackle, J’Marcus Webb, on the sideline Thursday.

He did not, however, apologize for yelling at him for poor play that contributed to seven sacks and four interceptions in the Bears’ loss to the Green Bay Packers.

“I probably shouldn’t have bumped him. I’ll go with that. As far as me yelling at him and trying to get him going in the game, I don’t regret that,” Cutler said on his ESPN-1000 radio show in Chicago. “I shouldn’t have bumped him. I’ll stick to that.”

As he so often does, Cutler became a lightning rod for criticism after the game. The Packers’ Charles Woodson took a verbal shot at him and his body language and postgame comments raised the question of his leadership ability. Cutler said he spoke with Webb and the rest of his offensive linemen, as well as “the powers that be,” but declined to say anything further.

“I can’t put a definite reason why it happened,” he said of the shove. “It happened. It’s an emotional game. I put a lot into playing quarterback and I take it seriously. It’s just one of those things that happened during a game, and since then we’ve talked about it and it’s really behind us.

“I’ve talked about it with the powers that be down there, I talked about it with the offensive line, each of them individually, and it is what it is. It’s been blown up probably a little bit bigger than any of us expected, but at the same time that’s what you have to expect out of the media.’’

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