In the third game of the preseason, San Francisco 49ers guard Joe Looney hit Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle with a low block that resulted in him injuring his knee. The Vikings and Kevin Williams questioned the legality of the block.
“I was just upset that I’m getting cut 11 years in (the NFL) from a guy who I don’t even know,” Williams said, via the Minnesota Star Tribune.
Looney tried to clear the air.
“I didn’t try to take a dirty cheap shot at him,” Looney said, per CSN Bay Area. “I was just trying to finish my block. I meant no harm by the block at all.”
“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, who spent last season on injured reserve. “I’ve been injured myself. I know what it’s like.”
You can’t judge a players intent though because no one was in his head but himself. However, if you watch the video of the play it seemed very unnecessary to make that block, especially in a meaningless preseason game and it certainly looks like a dirty play.