- Rich Cimini, ESPN Staff Writer
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Rex Ryan called it a clean hit. His counterpart, Mike Munchak, didn't think there was anything clean about it.
The Tennessee Titans' coach lost his quarterback, Jake Locker, with a hip injury Sunday when he was slammed by New York Jets defensive end Muhammad Wilkerson and linebacker Quinton Coples on the same play. He's expected to miss four to eight weeks, according to ESPN Insider Adam Schefter.
"The first one, (Wilkerson) dropped his helmet into him and unloaded on him," Munchak told reporters Monday in Nashville. "You're supposed to pull back on him when you're late. He didn't. The second one was totally unnecessary."
It'll be up to the league office to decide if fines are warranted. Wilkerson said after the game that the referee told him on the field that his was a legal hit. Ryan backed that up Monday, saying Wilkerson did not do anything illegal. He was not asked about Coples' role in the play and Coples was not available to comment.
ESPN.com Titans team reporter Paul Kuharsky provides a detailed description of the play, opining that Wilkerson's hit was legal but that Coples crossed the line. No argument here on that assessment.