When the opposing head coach is frantically waving over trainers to get an opposing player off the field, you know the injury was an ugly one. That’s eactly what happened in Carolina when Cowboys center Phil Costa suffered a disgusting leg injury after a Miles Austin fumble.
After Austin fumbled the ball, Costa got blocked low and writhed in pain immediately, and Panther head coach Ron Rivera was there for the whole thing calling for the trainers almost as soon as the injury happened. Panthers safety Charles Godfrey received a personal foul penalty on the play and likely added fuel a raging debate in the NFL over player safety.
A few weeks ago, Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was lost for the season when he was blocked low by Jets lineman Matt Slauson. Defensive players used this play as a rallying cry for equality when it comes to players being protected by penalties and fines, but here is a case where a defensive player went low on a an offensive lineman and seriously injured him.
Was it pay back, retaliation? Not likely but what is certain is that Costa will be lost for some time and the debate ver low blocks will only intensify after this latest case o a player’s livelihood being jeopardized by a low block.