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Monday, January 23, 2012
Giants' concussion tactics vs. Kyle Williams

By Mike Sando

The New York Giants wanted to do more than knock out the football from San Francisco 49ers punt returner Kyle Williams.

They also reportedly wanted to knock out Williams, or at least inflict a concussion on him.

"He's had a lot of concussions," the Giants' Devin Thomas told the Newark Star-Ledger. "We were just like, 'We gotta put a hit on that guy.' [Tyler] Sash did a great job hitting him early and he looked kind of dazed when he got up. I feel like that made a difference and he coughed it up."

These types of comments invite important questions.

How would Giants players know about the medical history for a second-year 49ers backup receiver? Were they coached on it? Who is the "we" Thomas referenced? Was he talking about players only? Coaches, too? Were bounties involved? Was this a coordinated strike? A premeditated act?

This revelation illustrates why NFL players and coaches often want to reveal as little information as possible regarding injuries. They know some opponents will target those injuries especially.

Those seeking to inflict such damage generally do not reveal their tactics.

Thomas made an exception following the Giants' overtime victory in the NFC Championship Game. I did not notice the Giants taking any illegal shots at Williams, or targeting his head. Perhaps the NFL should take a closer look.

Note: Thanks to @kk074 for pointing out this nymag.com piece aggregating comments on the matter. That piece links to the Star-Ledger report.