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Joe Looney Was ‘Playing The Whistle’ On Kevin Williams Hit In Preseason Game


One of the storylines after the San Francisco 49ers 34-14 win over the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday was the hit Joe Looney placed on Kevin Williams in the third quarter. On Monday, Looney commented for the first time saying he did not intentionally go for Williams’ knee.

Looney said about the hit,

I didn’t want to take out his knee or anything like that. You know, I’m coached to go 110 percent and I’m trying to make this team. I’ve been hurt before and I know what it’s like to be hurt, and I wouldn’t wish that harm on anybody in this league. I tried to find him after the game to let him know I wasn’t trying to take a low shot on him.

Williams immediately went to the ground after Looney went to place a low block during a play. He was diagnosed with a hyperextended knee and a bone bruise. After the game the Vikings defensive tackle was upset, saying,

I was just upset that I’m getting cut 11 years in [the NFL] from a guy who I don’t even know. I figure between the pain and the fact he cut me when I wasn’t looking was my reaction.

Who’s at fault depends on who you ask. On the play, Looney saw running back LaMichael James get stopped in the backfield, then continue running  towards his direction. Thinking the play was still going, he laid out a block. Williams said he let up because he saw the play was ending. You can judge for yourself by watching the video by clicking here. The play is at the 2:25 mark of the video.

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  • Jake

    It was a completely unnecessary block that occurred no where near the play. It was low, intentional, dirty block.

  • Ted Mosby

    very lucky that wasn’t a season ending injury for williams.

  • Al

    Could he have gone high? Yes. It was a garbage play. And most Niner fans, myself included, recognize that.

  • Moveguy

    Maybe the guy did not say to himself, watch me I am going to hurt this guy. But he made a decision to block at the knees. I think the NFL and Niners look stupid trying to defend it.