Bengals: It Wasn't a Cheap Shot

Bengals: It Wasn't a Cheap Shot

The Bengals locker room has rallied to defend Robert Geathers after last week's much-televised hit on QB Trent Green.

The Bengals stand by their position that defensive end Robert Geathers was blocked into Chiefs quarterback Trent Green and that it was not a helmet-to-helmet hit.

Geathers hit a sliding Green at the end of a quarterback scramble in the third quarter of the Bengals' 23-10 victory Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium. The back of Green's helmet bounced hard off the grass.

Asked Monday for his position on the hit after seeing film, Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said, "Yeah, same position I had yesterday. Nothing has changed that way."

Lewis said Sunday that Geathers was blocked from behind by wide receiver Eddie Kennison.

The Chiefs are upset with the hit, which did not draw a penalty flag.

"In my opinion, I think it was a late hit. I think it was obviously a very vicious hit," Chiefs president Carl Peterson said at a news conference, "one that unfortunately Trent Green and the Kansas City Chiefs are paying a price for."

Peterson said he had reviewed film of the play Monday with league officials.

Green remained hospitalized in Kansas City and was expected to stay there overnight before going home Tuesday, Peterson said. Green has no apparent problems with his limbs but is not expected to play Sunday.

Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer and Green have a relationship bonded by adversity.

Palmer remembers how Green called him unexpectedly in January and offered support after Palmer underwent reconstructive knee surgery. Green had suffered a similar injury in 1999.

"Everything I've heard is good," Palmer said of Green's condition. "I heard he regained consciousness in the locker room and he's going to be OK."

As a team leader, Palmer made sure to defend Bengals defensive end Robert Geathers' role in the hit. Geathers turned his shoulder to avoid hitting Green with his helmet as they both fell to the ground on the play.

"Media-wise there has been a lot of blame on Robert, but football is a vicious, dangerous sport," Palmer said. "And knowing Robert, he's not a guy who likes to take cheap shots or really ever does take cheap shots.

"He was going after (the play), trying to make a tackle. He got kind of hit low, almost like he fell into him. And when you're 280 pounds and you're falling into a quarterback, something bad is going to happen and something bad did happen. There is nothing you can do in that situation, and hopefully Trent will be all right."

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