Jones-Drew says he didn't intend shot at Cutler

By Mark Long

Associated Press

Published: Monday, Jan. 24 2011 4:45 p.m. MST

FILE-This Oct. 14, 2007 file photo shows Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew, left, running past Houston Texans defender Von Hutchins for a fourth-quarter touchdown, during a National Football League game in Jacksonville, Fla. Jones-Drew says he never meant to take a shot at Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler or question his toughness. He says his Tweet comparing Cutler to former Florida coach Urban Meyer was merely a joke, one that clearly backfired. Now, Jones-Drew is trying to clear things up.

Phil Coale,File, Associated Press

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Pro Bowl running back Maurice Jones-Drew says he never meant to take a shot at Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler or question his toughness.

The Jacksonville standout tells The Associated Press his tweet comparing Cutler to former Florida coach Urban Meyer was merely a joke — one that clearly backfired.

Jones-Drew says he was rooting for Cutler and the Bears in Sunday's NFC championship game, and when Cutler left in the third quarter, Jones-Drew thought it was the perfect time to poke fun at the Gators.

"Hey I think the urban meyer rule is effect right now... When the going gets tough........QUIT," Jones-Drew posted on his Twitter page.

Jones-Drew has received death threats and plenty of ill will from Bears' fans. The Bears have also defended Cutler, who was diagnosed with sprained MCL on Monday.

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