Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford took exception to Detroit Lions security Kerby Joseph prematurely ending his tight finish, Tyler Higbee’s, wild-card sport efficiency after a low hit prompted a torn ACL and MCL.
The hit was referred to as soiled by many, as Joseph sprinted and dove at Higbee’s knee as he was attempting to make a catch on a ball thrown by Stafford. Replay confirmed Higbee’s knee buckle after Joseph related with it, and the veteran tight finish instantly grabbed it on the turf as medical workers ran out to him.
Stafford, who was mic’d up for the sport on account of his prolonged previous in Detroit previous to becoming a member of the Rams, ran as much as Joseph to let him know what he thought concerning the hit.
“Hey, that’s an excellent hit. You’re soiled as f—, although, and it. You’re soiled as f—. It’s been on tape. I’ve seen it. It’s been on tape.”
Attributable to outrage on social media, some followers discovered outdated hits from the second-year security, together with one on Minnesota Vikings tight finish T.J. Hockenson – an identical dive on the legs that led to a torn ACL earlier this season.
There was additionally a questionable hip drop deal with on Rams budding star Puka Nacua through the sport.
However Lions head coach Dan Campbell defended his participant.
“That’s how we play soccer right here. Simply preserve your head up, see what you hit,” Campbell defined to reporters. “That can at all times be what I inform Kerby. Simply preserve your eyes up so that you don’t hit on the crown of your helmet. You hit a backbone, mess your self up there. Simply see what you hit.
“He’s going for the thigh board and staying away from the top. That’s how we play protection right here. We’re not soiled. We hit.”
Joseph posted to X to defend himself as properly.
“ALL SERIOUSNESS…. THIS GAME WE PLAY IS VERY DANGEROUS….I’m praying for bro and his household I don’t don’t have any intention to harm no physique and or hurt their profession I been a mf canine since I got here out my mama womb and nun of y’all on right here gone take that away from me.”
The Lions ended up profitable the wild-card battle, 24-23, to maneuver on to the Divisional Spherical, whereas Stafford and the Rams noticed their season come to an finish.