Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Tyrann Mathieu gave us a great example on Sunday of how players can help one another avoid unnecessary injury, and the Kansas City Chiefs star felt the need to defend himself over it when it became a topic on social media.

Late in Kansas City’s 51-31 win over the Houston Texans, Mathieu had a free run at Deshaun Watson (his former teammate) and a chance to lay a hard, clean hit on the quarterback. Since the game was already well in-hand, he took it easy on Watson. On Monday, Mathieu defended the decision and said he’s not “fake tough.”

Mathieu’s take on the play is refreshing. All we ever seem to talk about is defenders throwing cheap shots at quarterbacks, and Mathieu should be commended for using his head and caring about the health of a fellow player.

There’s nothing wrong with a clean hit, but it isn’t always necessary. It would be nice to see more players take their foot off the gas in situations like that when the game is completely out of reach.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.


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