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Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford took exception to Detroit Lions security Kerby Joseph prematurely ending his tight finish, Tyler Higbee’s, wild-card sport efficiency after a low hit induced a torn ACL and MCL.

The hit was known as soiled by many, as Joseph sprinted and dove at Higbee’s knee as he was making an attempt to make a catch on a ball thrown by Stafford. Replay confirmed Higbee’s knee buckle after Joseph linked with it, and the veteran tight finish instantly grabbed it on the turf as medical employees ran out to him. 

Stafford, who was mic’d up for the sport resulting from his prolonged previous in Detroit previous to becoming a member of the Rams, ran as much as Joseph to let him know what he thought in regards to the hit. 

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Matthew Stafford of the Los Angeles Rams appears to move in opposition to the New Orleans Saints at SoFi Stadium on Dec. 21, 2023, in Inglewood, California. (Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Photos)

“Hey, that’s a superb hit. You’re soiled as f—, although, and you already know it. You’re soiled as f—. It’s been on tape. I’ve seen it. It’s been on tape.”

Because of outrage on social media, some followers discovered outdated hits from the second-year security, together with one on Minnesota Vikings tight finish T.J. Hockenson – the same dive on the legs that led to a torn ACL earlier this season. 

There was additionally a questionable hip drop sort out on Rams budding star Puka Nacua in the course of the sport.  

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However Lions head coach Dan Campbell defended his participant. 

“That’s how we play soccer right here. Simply preserve your head up, see what you hit,” Campbell defined to reporters. “That may all the time be what I inform Kerby. Simply preserve your eyes up so that you don’t hit on the crown of your helmet. You hit a backbone, mess your self up there. Simply see what you hit.

Tyler Higbee of the Los Angeles Rams is hit by Kerby Joseph of the Lions in the course of the wild-card sport at Ford Subject on Jan. 14, 2024, in Detroit. (Gregory Shamus/Getty Photos)

“He’s going for the thigh board and staying away from the top. That’s how we play protection right here. We’re not soiled. We hit.”

Joseph posted to X to defend himself as properly. 

“ALL SERIOUSNESS…. THIS GAME WE PLAY IS VERY DANGEROUS….I’m praying for bro and his household I don’t haven’t any intention to harm no physique and or hurt their profession I been a mf canine since I got here out my mama womb and nun of y’all on right here gone take that away from me.”

Matthew Stafford stands

Matthew Stafford of the Los Angeles Rams on the sidelines in the course of the nationwide anthem previous to the wild-card sport in opposition to the Lions on Jan. 14, 2024, in Detroit. (Kevin Sabitus/Getty Photos)

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The Lions ended up successful the wild-card battle, 24-23, to maneuver on to the Divisional Spherical, whereas Stafford and the Rams noticed their season come to an finish.