During the 3rd quarter of the Denver Broncos preseason game against the Buffalo Bills, rookie safety Rahim Moore delivered a vicious hit on Bills’ Donald Jones that caused outraged shoving from Jones’ fellow Bills and and helmet pats from Moore’s fellow Broncos.
9News reports that Moore’s hit caused Jones’ head to bounce off the ground and that his helmet chin strap was pushed over his mouth. Jones stayed down on the field sidelines for several minutes before getting to his feet and heading towards the locker room.
Moore’s hit resulted in a 15-yard penalty for the Broncos, but could result in a fine if the NFL believes Moore went too far during the play, Fox31 reports.
Moore did apologize for hurting Jones, but believes it was a clean hit, according to The Denver Post, saying “I don’t want to hurt anybody. I prayed for the dude afterward. Because I really didn’t know what was going on. People were taping my head. People were hitting me. I wasn’t sure what was going on.”
Emotions erupted on the field after the hit, a clearly confused Moore was shoved by Bills receiver Stevie Johnson before fellow teammates from both the Broncos and Bills broke it up, according to NBCSports ProFootballTalk.
But, fellow Broncos came to the defense of Moore including rookie Von Miller who liked Moore’s style on the field saying to Yahoo! Sports, “That’s the type of football we play. We play aggressive and that just happened. You’ve got to keep on coming every play. If it happens, it happens. We’re not a dirty team by any means, but that’s the game of football.”
The controversy stems from what some analysts are saying was a dangerous helmet-to-helmet hit.
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