Houston Texans rookie safety D.J. Swearinger hit Miami Dolphins tight end low and destroyed his knee ending his season and potentially his career. Swearinger has apologized several times and even explained why he decided to hit Keller low.
“In this league, you’ve got to go low. If you go high, you’re going to get a fine,” Swearinger said referencing the league’s penalties for helmet to helmet hits.
Miami Dolphins wide receiver Brian Hartline isn’t buying it. In fact, he called it “crap.”
“I think that, me personally … (what) you’re telling me is ‘Oh, I’m still worried about going high or hurting the head,’” Hartline told WQAM-AM. “So you consciously went low then, is what you’re trying to tell me.”
Said Hartline: “I’m not a defensive player, so I don’t sit here and assume right off the bat. But what I do know is that I have a lot of good pros on my team and, from what they have said to me, is that (there) is no place for that in the game today.”
Hartline is absolutely justified in his feelings, and he can certainly express his displeasure with Swearinger’s excuse. That doesn’t mean it isn’t true however.