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Canty, Tollefson defend hits on Vick

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) is hit

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick (7) is hit by New York Giants defensive ends Jason Pierre-Paul (90) and Dave Tollefson (71) in the second half of an NFL football game in Philadelphia. (Sept. 25, 2011) Photo Credit: AP

Two of the Giants who put the most questionable hits on Michael Vick on Sunday today defended their actions and said they did nothing outside the rules.

The big impact play was Chris Canty’s. He’s the one who injured Vick’s hand when he came charging at the quarterback as he rolled to his right. Canty hit Vick just as he released a pass for Jeremy Maclin in the third quarter.

“I didn’t think there was anything wrong with the hit when it took place, and I didn’t think there was anything wrong with the hit after looking at it again today,” Canty said. “It’s unfortunate that he got injured. We’re not out there trying to injure anybody.”

It was hard to tell if Canty’s helmet made contact with Vick’s. After the hit, referee Jeff Triplette faced the Eagles bench and pointed to his shoulder to signal that the hit was clean.

“He’s a short guy and I’m not so it’s tough to get down there,” Canty said. “Obviously we want to play within the rules of the game. We’re not trying to play dirty or anything like that, we want to hit him legally.”

Dave Tollefson had the other hit on Vick, blocking him to the ground after the first-quarter interception by Aaron Ross.

“It’s one of those (plays) you have to be really careful,” Tollefson said. “It was apparent he was going to make a play on the guy with the ball. You’re trying to block for your teammates. He was just a guy trying to make a play on your teammate, I saw it and I tried to put a block on him.”

Tollefson said he knew who he was hitting at the time.

“If he wasn’t making a play on the ball, I know the rules and I’m not going to hit him,” he said. “It’s that thin line where you have to be careful on that … I would have hit any other guy in green just as hard as I hit him, I promise you that.”
 

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