NFL: GIANTS DID NOT HIT WILLIAMS ILLEGALLY
"The NFL on Tuesday said there were no illegal hits by the Super Bowl-bound
Giants on 49ers return man Kyle Williams during the NFC championship game.
Williams fumbled a punt in overtime of San Francisco's 20-17 loss Sunday, and
the misplay set up Lawrence Tynes' winning field goal. Afterward, New York's
Jacquian Williams and Devin Thomas indicated they were trying to hit Williams
given his history of concussions, including the most recent one sustained Dec.
24 at Seattle that kept him out of the regular-season finale at St. Louis.
League spokesman Greg Aiello said in an email that the Giants did nothing
against the rules.
"Players are held accountable for their actions on the field. There were no
illegal hits to the head or neck area against Kyle Williams on Sunday," Aiello
said. "There was no conduct by the Giants of any kind that would suggest an
effort to injure Kyle Williams in any way."
Williams' agent, Ken Sarnoff, said the second-year pro is aware of the
Giants' postgame comments but is done speaking publicly and is ready to move
forward toward the 2012 season. The 49ers had no comment Tuesday.
Jacquian Williams forced Kyle Williams' second fumble of the game. The
fill-in return man was playing in place of injured regular Ted Ginn Jr.
"The thing is, we knew he had four concussions, so that was our biggest
thing, was to take him outta the game," Jacquian Williams told reporters at
Thomas recovered both fumbles, including one in the fourth quarter that went
under review to reveal the ball glanced off Williams' right knee. Williams still
insists the ball didn't hit him.
"He's had a lot of concussions," Thomas told the Newark Star-Ledger.
"We were just like, 'We gotta put a hit on that guy.'"