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Did Pace's hit on Manning cross the preseason line?

CALVIN PACE, linebacker His father, Calvin Sr., works

CALVIN PACE, linebacker
His father, Calvin Sr., works on the Atlanta Police force. Credit: Getty

Shaun O'Hara called Calvin Pace's connection into Eli Manning's back "a pretty aggressive hit." So I asked the question of him that I had been wondering since the hit happened:

Was it too aggressive?

In other words, should Pace have eased up when he came upon Manning untouched considering it was the first preseason game? I know the quarterbacks aren't wearing red jerseys in these games, but still ...

"It was really a run play and he was trying to throw a quick pass," O'Hara said. "I don’t think he was aware that there was nobody blocking the back side. Anytime you let a guy free to come in and hit a quarterback like that, it’s going to be a big hit. You don’t ever want to see your quarterback hit like that in any game, never mind preseason."

But it didn't sound like O'Hara thought that Pace had violated some unwritten rule of preseason football.

"That’s not the way you want to start the preseason off," he said. "But hopefully we got lucky with that."

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