In the aftermath of a questionable low block on Pro Bowl defensive tackle Kevin Williams Minnesota Viking defenders called for the NFL to provide some modicum of justice.
But San Francisco 49ers backup guard Joe Looney wasn't penalized in the third quarter of Sunday's preseason game and he wasn't penalized by the NFL on Tuesday.
"It was a legal play" said Greg Aiello the NFL's senior vice president of communications. "It's not the new rule on the peel-back block because Looney was not moving toward his own goal line."
That explanation didn't sit well with several Vikings after Tuesday's practice.
"We talk about player safety. You talk about wanting to protect us. How is he not a defenseless player?" veteran defensive end Jared Allen said of Williams. "For me that's absurd. It's absolutely absurd. It's just not what you do."
Added defensive tackle Fred Evans "You never want to see any enemy let alone one of your brothers go down like that and it was so ridiculous in a preseason ...