Early in last week’s game between the New York Jets and the Tennessee Titans, Jets wide receiver Stephen Hill exited the game. Hill was reaching back for a catch from Geno Smith when he suffered a crushing hit from Titans safety Michael Griffin. That hit left Hill ‘stunned’ with a ‘mouth full of blood.’
From the Newark Star-Ledger:
Apart from slight headaches, which subsided Wednesday, Hill said he has felt no effects of the blow from Michael Griffin. Hill was reaching back for a pass thrown by Geno Smith when the Titans safety rammed into Hill, who said he was stunned on the field and remembered blood filling his mouth as trainers stood over him after Griffin’s helmet pounded Hill’s chin.
That is a hard hit from Griffin. Despite being hit and it sounding incredibly serious or severe, Hill has already returned to practice and is trying to get cleared to play on Monday Night, just a little over a week after the hit.
At practice Hill wore a red jersey which prevented teammates from hitting him in practice. Hill still needs clearance to play Monday but Hill says he is ready. Even if he plays, it would probably be in a limited role, the Jets wouldn’t want to risk injurying him further.
For Michael Griffin’s role in the play he was fined $21,000. Griffin is appealing the penalty but believes his changes to win are small.
“But I’m trying to figure out if it’s an interception, how’s he a defenseless player?” Griffin asked, via ESPN. “I didn’t even hit him in the head or neck. You watch it or you slow-mo it, I hit him in his left shoulder.”