Posted by Will Brinson
In the wake of Michael Vick and the Eagles dropping some record-breaking offense in Washington last night, some alleged details emerged that didn't paint some Redskins defenders in a flattering light. Namely that LaRon Landry and DeAngelo Hall taunted DeSean Jackson about the concussion he suffered a few weeks ago, and that Landry spat on Philly center Mike McGlynn several times.
Naturally, the NFL is investigating -- a spokesman told the Philadelphia Daily News that they were looking into both the alleged spittle and the pregame skirmish between players (which occurred because of the alleged taunts directed at Jackson).
This is the second week in a row that the NFL's had to investigate an incident of spitting during a game. Last week Channing Crowder and La'Ron McClain got into a nasty little war of words after the Dolphins-Ravens game, although the NFL concluded that there wasn't enough evidence to warrant punishing McClain, despite some video that seemed to indicate otherwise.
Landry's denied that he spit on McGlynn (the two incidents in question were on an extra point to put the Eagles up 21-0 and then again with four minutes remaining in the game), claiming that the proof he didn't is positional, as there'd be no reason for him to line up in the A-gap at any point during the game.
"This is my answer: When would I ever be in touch with the center? I never blitz the 'A' gap." Landry said, according to the Washington Post."Extra points? Still, when would I ever be in the 'A' gap? Extra points I'm on the end. With that said, that's your answer."
Hall also, according to the Post, denied taunting Jackson before the game and Landry "downplayed" it.
Given a lack of video evidence (that we know of so far anyway) on Landry spitting, it seems like a long shot that he'll be punished by the NFL, given that McClain received no punishment the week before.
As for the taunting, though, that might be more serious of an offense given the way in which the NFL has handled concussions this year. The notion of one player threatening another one with physical harm and/or making light of what is a very serious injury probably won't go over well with the league office.
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