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Fred Warner apologizes for hit on Matthew Stafford that ‘looked bad’


After a gut-wrenching NFC Championship loss, the first thing Fred Warner did was congratulate the Los Angeles Rams and apologize for an early-game hit which most people had likely forgot about or not noticed in the first place.

The hit shown above came on the first-quarter interception by Jimmie Ward, where Warner hits quarterback Matthew Stafford from behind and makes helmet-to-helmet contact with him.

Warner said he realizes how bad it looks.

“I just want to say congrats to the Rams obviously, and I want to do address my hit on Stafford early in the game after Jimmie [Ward]’s interception,” Warner said. “You guys have watched me for a long time, never doing anything out of malicious intent. I watched the video, it looks bad.

“There’s a lot of things going on after the play, I was in pursuit of Jimmy and he was just in my way and you know I made the hit but obviously looking back I feel bad about it. You guys know that’s not the type of player I am, so I wanted to apologize for that.”

Warner was not flagged for the hit.

 

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After a gut-wrenching NFC Championship loss, the first thing Fred Warner did was congratulate the Los Angeles Rams and apologize for an early-game hit which most people had likely forgot about or not noticed in the first place.