Lions C Dominic Raiola could miss a playoff game after being shown stomping on the leg of a Chicago Bears defender.
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The Detroit Lions could be without C Dominic Raiola at a critical point in the season after he stomped on an opposing player’s leg, which could lead to discipline from the NFL.
In the third quarter, a stumbling Raiola stomped on the right ankle of Bears defensive tackle Ego Ferguson. Ferguson was injured on the play but later returned.
After the game, Raiola claimed the contact was accidental.
“It was totally unintentional,” Raiola said, according to ESPN.com. “I remember I was stumbling out. I didn’t see the end of it. I apologized at the end of the game, told him it was unintentional and we shook hands and that was it.”
Here is the video of the incident:
“None of that matters,” Ferguson said. “We all saw the play. You can’t take back what happened with that play. That’s the end of that.”
When asked Monday about the incident, Jim Caldwell said he believed Raiola’s account but understood why the league would review it. The Lions’ coach also said the center could be suspended.
Last month, Raiola was fined $10,000 for clubbing Patriots defensive lineman Zach Moore in the back of the head. Later in that same game, Raiola angered Patriots players and coaches when he attempted to cut-block Moore during a kneel-down play.