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01/25/2011 09:09 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Maurice Jones-Drew On Jay Cutler Criticism: 'I Never Questioned His Toughness'

Several NFL players, former players and sports writers criticized Jay Cutler on twitter after he left the NFC Championship game with a knee injury. Jacksonville Jaguars running back Maurice Jones-Drew was one of those players, but backtracked his criticism on Monday and said his tweet was a joke.

Jones-Drew told the Associated Press that he never questioned Jay Cutler's toughness when the Bears quarterback left the NFC title game.

"I never attacked him, called him soft or a sore loser," Jones-Drew said. "I never questioned his toughness. I think people took my joke out of context. I was taking at shot at Florida fans."

After backup quarterback Todd Collins entered the game, Jones-Drew tweeted that he thinks "the urban meyer rule is effect right now... When the going gets tough........QUIT." He also posted that he played the whole season with a hurt knee.

Jones-Drew said that when he tweeted, he was unaware that anything was wrong with Cutler. It was reported on Monday that Cutler sprained his MCL.

"All I thought about was being in that position, being in that game," Jones-Drew said. "I've never been in a title game, so my first thought was why wouldn't you want to play in that situation."