GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Even as he prepares to play in the Super Bowl, Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers is aware that Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler is having his toughness questioned this week. And Rodgers says the criticism of Cutler is "very inappropriate" and "disrespectful."
Cutler was criticized by current and former players, fans and media members after leaving Sunday's NFC championship game with a knee injury. Rodgers, who is friends with Cutler, applauded Bears players for sticking up for their teammate.
Rodgers was roughed up himself in Sunday's victory over the Bears, taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Julius Peppers.
Rodgers shot down speculation that he sustained another concussion and credited his helmet for potentially preventing another significant head injury. Rodgers switched helmets after sustaining two concussions earlier this season.
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