As if the Jets and Patriots had not launched enough minor controversies already this year, another surfaced today.
In his Jets notebook today for The Star-Ledger of Newark, Dave Hutchinson explains that Jets cornerback Donald Strickland believes the vicious block tackle Mark LeVoir laid on him was a dirty play, and then vowed he would retaliate the next time the teams play.
In a physical game, LeVoir’s block may have been the hardest hit of all. It helped spring Wes Welker on a screen pass, but Strickland believed it violated the league’s helmet-to-helmet rules. On the play, Strickland suffered a concussion. He did not return to the game and is out for this week, too.
‘‘I think it was a real cheap shot,’’ Strickland told The Star-Ledger. ‘‘He really didn’t have to go at my head like that, especially with the NFL’s precaution about helmet-to-helmet contact.
‘‘It happened. It was a block and he took advantage of it. But I guarantee you the next time we play them it’s going to be a different story. I’m making a point of emphasis to retaliate. That’s the way I feel.’’
Moss-Revis, make way for LeVoir-Strickland.
(Thanks to commenter bbbluwsboy for the video.)