A lot of Bills fans have been asking me about Stevie Johnson’s controversial block on Eric Berry during Buffalo’s victory Sunday in Kansas City. The block, which tore Berry’s ACL and ended his — and likely his team’s — season, has come under scrutiny because it appears Johnson went for Berry’s knees.
Here it is (top of the screen):
There is no doubt that Johnson’s cut block was legal, and it should be noted that players are taught at an early level that blocks (and tackles for that matter) should be low. You’re supposed to take players out from the base. That’s especially the case now, as the NFL continues to clamp down on high hits with concussions becoming the football world’s chief concern.
But that doesn’t mean it wasn’t a cheap shot.
This is up for debate, but is there not room for gentlemanly conduct in a sport that is inherently violent? That’s not meant to be a rhetorical question, but I don’t know the answer. It strikes me as a bit odd that a player like Johnson, who purports to be quite spiritual, wouldn’t consider the “what goes around comes around” mantra when diving at another player’s knees, especially that far removed from the play.
Stevie Johnson isn’t guilty in the eyes of the NFL, and the league really has no room to alter the rules that keep him immune from punishment in this case. But that doesn’t mean Johnson shouldn’t feel guilty.
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