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New York Giants Players Reportedly Targeted Kyle Williams Because Of Past Concussions

01/24/2012 at 6:58 am By



You couldn’t blame San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Kyle Williams if he wanted to forget Sunday happened. The second-year player out of Arizona State fumbled two punt returns, resulting in 10 points for the New York Giants. The second one occurred in overtime and led to the game-winning field goal by Lawrence Tynes, sending the Giants to Super Bowl XLVI. Williams has been the subject of death threats, death stares from teammates, and hate from more than a few 49ers fans. Not only was Williams a target after the game, it appears he was one heading into the game as well.

After the game, reporters crowded around the locker of Jacquian Williams, who’d forced the second fumble, hoping for an angle: Had the Giants noticed something about Kyle Williams’s technique, some weakness in the 49ers punt-return scheme? “Nah,” Williams said. “The thing is, we knew he had four concussions, so that was our biggest thing, was to take him outta the game.”

Devin Thomas, the reserve wide receiver who recovered both of Kyle Williams’s fumbles, was even more explicit. “He’s had a lot of concussions,” Thomas told the Star-Ledger columnist Steve Politi. “We were just like, ‘We gotta put a hit on that guy.’ … [Giants reserve safety Tyler] Sash did a great job hitting him early and he looked kind of dazed when he got up. I feel like that made a difference and he coughed it up.”

During the regular season Williams only returned 2 punts so to say he’s an experienced return man would be a stretch. Ted Ginn Jr. did not participate in the game due to a knee injury which forced Williams into action. Was it just Williams being nervous in a high pressure situation?

If Sash’s early hits did “daze” Williams and opposing players noticed it is there an issue of players not willing to report head injuries? Despite the seriousness of such injuries some players appear to be willing to hide them to stay on the field and help their team.

The league has taken measures in an effort to reduce blows to the head but that doesn’t account for teams “game-planning” to deliver them. Are a few of the Giants players headhunters? At first glance at the comments it might appear so. Going after someone with sore ribs is one thing. Attempting to take a player out of the game with a head shot is another.

In looking at hits that have resulted in penalties and fines for helmet-to-helmet contact this year you could make the argument that some players have no regard for their own safety, let alone their opponent. Is making a conscious effort to “rattle” or “daze” someone a strategy that’s employed if a player’s history of concussions is known? Apparently so. Does making the opposition “hear footsteps” or keep their head on a swivel help gain a competitive advantage? Maybe. Is it going away anytime soon? Probably not.

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4 Comments so far

  1. CS360

    on 01/24/2012 - Reply

    I’ll bet Kyle Williams is sure wishing Ted Ginn Jr. didn’t have a knee problem and was able to play Sunday and handle the return duties. That had to be the worst day of Kyle Williams life to date. It is going to take a very long time to live those mistakes down. Not only the fumble but having the ball go off his knee it was let the game go into over time too. All Kyle Williams had to do was to get out of the way on that play….

  2. ajcVet

    on 01/25/2012 - Reply

    If it wasn’t Superbowl bi-week, NFL Commissioner Goodell would have hauled these two NY Giant headhunters into his office…schooling them on the league’s health and safety policy, as well as, several other professional etiquitte and behavior polcies as it relates to unacceptabe behavior unbefitting the NFL.

    Publicly bragging about targeting on the field co-workers from another team, specifically because the opposing employee player has a history of “concussions” openly mocks NFL headquarter’s senior executives policy decisions.

    But, if the NFL doesn’t care about letting two loser gangmembers make it into the professional football league…that’s on them I guess. In stark contrast, if this were the Steeler’s Harrison or the Lion’s Suh saying that garbage in interviews and approaching ths sacred game that way…they’d have been called on it by the league.

    Why the look the other favoritism now being shown for this New York Giants team Commissioner Goodell??? Truly lame. No wonder players find it hard to take the league front office seriously.

    Lastly, shame on both the 49ners coach and ownership for willfully keeping a four-time concussion suffering employee back on tne field. This do anything to win philosophy backfired, as Kyle looked and acted way out of it as if everything was in slow motion to him. Should have been kept out for his own good and for the sake of the team.

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