Cowboys coach Mike McCarthy doesn’t think defensive lineman Trysten Hill’s tackle of Seahawks running back Chris Carson — which sidelined Carson for the remainder of Sunday’s game — was dirty.
McCarthy, speaking to media on Monday, said he only saw a tackle that needs to be more fundamentally sound.
“You see fundamentals — particularly early in the season, particularly this season — that we need to continue to work through and do a better job of,” McCarthy said. “I think he was just trying to wrap and roll, and the result of it occurred in an injury. By no means do we want to see players get hurt, especially when it’s unnecessary. But trust me, there was zero intent involved there.”
The tackle in question occurred late in the Seahawks’ 38-31 victory over Dallas. Hill was involved in a tackle on Carson, who rushed for a short gain with just over three minutes remaining in regulation. After Carson was down, however, Hill spun and twisted Carson’s knee in a “gator roll,” sending him limping to the sideline. Hill wasn’t penalized.
Seattle coach Pete Carroll, who said Carson suffered a Grade 1 knee sprain, didn’t share McCarthy’s opinion of the play.
“Yeah, I was really pissed about that one,” Carroll told ESPN Seattle radio Monday. “I don’t know what’s going to happen with that, but I was pissed because that guy hurt him, unfortunately.”
According to a report from ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Carson’s injury is considered to require one to weeks of recovery time. NFL insider Ian Rapoport reported that Hill will likely face a fine from the league for the move.
Regardless of the recovery time or Hill’s punishment, many NFL players — including Seahawks linebacker K.J. Wright — took issue with Hill’s move, saying it broke a league code on not trying to injure other players.
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