San Francisco, CA, United States (4E Sports) – San Francisco 49ers guard Joe Looney insists he “didn’t try to take a dirty, cheap shot” at Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams during their 34-14 win Sunday night at Candlestick Park.
Williams suffered a hyperextended knee, bone bruise and postular capsular strain as a result of the play.
The Vikings filed a complaint against Looney, saying he should be subject to discipline
But Dean Blandino, the league’s vice president of officiating, determined Looney’s block was legal.
Vikings defensive end Jared Allen said he found the decision “absurd”.
“He had a perfect opportunity to hit him in the chest, but he intentionally went to his knee,” said Allen about Looney’s block on Williams. “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.
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Tuesday he talked to the NFL about the play and was told the league agrees that “it’s not the type of play they want in the game for player safety reasons.”
The 22-year-old Looney said he was just trying to finish his block.
“I tried to find him after the game to apologize, to let him know I’m not that kind of player who’s trying to hurt guys and maliciously take violent hits at people,” said Looney.