Jamaal Charles surprised by hard hit
Jamaal Charles didn't anticipate such a hard hit from a teammate, especially in the Pro Bowl.
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"I didn't expect it, but he's out there doing his thing," said Charles, who was knocked out of Kansas City's Jan. 4 playoff loss to the Indianapolis Colts with a concussion. "I can't get mad at him -- it's just about football, and you've just got to be ready."
Johnson, who was selected as the game's defensive MVP for Team Rice, belted Charles on a running play in the first half. The linebacker appeared to lower his shoulder into Charles' shoulder/head area, knocking him to the turf.
Johnson evidently was not concerned about hitting Charles less than a month removed from his concussion.
"If you stand back, he's going to make you look pretty bad," said Johnson, who had nine tackles in the game. "So I had to go out and really give it to him.
"I would never try to hurt my teammate at all, but compete a little bit."
Johnson took to Twitter later Sunday night, expressing no remorse for his hit on Charles.
Have to give my fellow teammate some friendly fire. LOL! I can't lie, it felt pretty good! #probowl— Derrick Johnson (@superdj56) January 27, 2014
Loved competing against the best back in the league who I just happened to be teammates with. @jcharles25— Derrick Johnson (@superdj56) January 27, 2014
Johnson and Team Rice defeated Charles and Team Sanders 22-21 in the first schoolyard-style Pro Bowl.
Charles, who rushed for 43 yards on five carries, and Johnson both were appearing in their third Pro Bowl.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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