Muhammad Wilkerson said he wasn't the instigator in last night's fight with Brandon Jacobs, but doesn't regret going after the Giants big running back.
Wilkerson and Jacobs threw a few blows in a second-quarter scuffle, and both were ejected from the game. The Jets rookie defensive end said it was Jacobs who started the whole thing.
"I was just pass rushing and he came up to pass protect, and I ran into him the first time," Wilkerson said. "The ball was thrown and he approached me, and threw a blow at me and I retaliated."
Still, he wasn't totally apologetic for his actions.
"Was it a smart move? No. Do I regret it? No," he said. "That's just football and I'm not going to let somebody just try and take advantage of me. It's over with now. It's past me. I'm just getting ready for Philly."
There's that fine line between protecting yourself and being responsible, as Wilkerson found out. Even though his passion may be commendable, getting kicked out of the game and not being able to help his team is unacceptable.
"It was a rookie mistake," said Wilkerson, who's expected to play a lot against the Eagles in Thursday's preseason finale. "I let my anger get the best of me there. But that's just something I have to learn and move forward with."