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NFL says Joe Looney's hit on Kevin Williams was legal

Earlier San Francisco 49ers guard Joe Looney defended his block on Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Kevin Williams saying he didn’t try to take a cheap shot.

“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.”

The NFL seems to agree and says that the play was legal.


The NFL agreed with the opinion of San Francisco guard Joe Looney: His hit on Minnesota Vikingsdefensive tackle was not a “dirty” play. It wasn’t illegal at all, an NFL spokesman confirmed to

For what it is worth, Looney tried to find Williams to apologize after the game. He hasn’t said whether he’s reached out to him since or in other ways.

“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.”

Williams was upset by 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.

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