Long-time Minnesota Viking, Kevin Williams, was forced off the field during the team’s third preseason game last week against the San Francisco 49ers, after suffering a knee injury.
Williams was not happy and later called out the player who injured him: “I was just upset that I'm getting cut 11 years in (the NFL) from a guy who I don't even know.”
The culprit, backup guard Joe Looney, was far from the play, with the all of the action nearly ten yards away. He could be seen falling to the ground and stumbling right into Williams’ knee.
The NFL ruled last Tuesday that the block was legal, and Looney stated that he was “just trying to finish his block”. However, it appeared to be intentional during the game, and multiple teammates of Williams including defensive end Jared Allen spoke up about the play.
"He had a perfect opportunity to hit him in the chest, but he intentionally went to his knee," Allen said. "We want to talk about protecting player safety and all that stuff? Well, I got fined for a hit up high [against Chicago last year] because they said I launched into a guy, right? If he hits Kevin in the chest, and something happens, that's part of it. But if you intentionally duck, and go to a guy's knee, I mean, it had no bearing on the play.”
"You talk about player safety and wanting to protect us; how is Kevin not a defenseless player? It's just not what you do."
Looney may have made something of a name for himself; but in doing so, he is sure to have gained plenty of enemies around the league. As for Williams, the injury could have been much more severe. No ligament damage was detected in the MRI, and the 33-year-old D-tackle should be back for the regular season opener against Detroit.
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