Dec 1, 2013; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (85) catches a pass in front of St. Louis Rams strong safety T.J. McDonald (25) in the third quarter at Candlestick Park. The 49ers defeated the Rams 23-13. Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Vernon Davis: Defender grabbed my groin, wouldn’t let go

There was an odd play on Sunday in the San Francisco 49ers game against the St. Louis Rams. 49ers tight end Vernon Davis caught a pass and was running toward the side line when it appeared that Rams safety T.J. McDonald grabbed him by his private part and tackled him hanging on.

“I’m still thinking about it. I can feel it,” Davis said, via the 49ers’ website. “It was a crossing route, I made the play and as soon as I got my hands on the ball, [McDonald] was grabbing me right there in that space, that area, and I kept telling him, ‘Let go, get off me, get off me,’ and he wouldn’t let me go.”

I don’t know if it qualifies as a dirty play, it certainly seems dirty and unnecessary but it isn’t like he tried to grab him there. It certainly isn’t as egregious as someone kicking some one in the nuts like when Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh kicked Texans quarterback Matt Schaub. What makes this play dirty is that he didn’t let go after what I think was purely accidental at first.

Oddly, Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III suffered a kick to the groin at the hands of a 49ers player last week.

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