The Bengals stand by their position that defensive end Robert Geathers was
blocked into Chiefs quarterback Trent Green and that it was not a
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
Lewis said Sunday that Geathers was blocked from behind by wide receiver
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
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
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."