INTERESTING UPDATE: Lions coach Dan Campbell defends S. Kerby Joseph after a controversial hit: ‘That’s how we play football here…

INTERESTING UPDATE: Lions coach Dan Campbell defends S. Kerby Joseph after a controversial hit: ‘That’s how we play football here…

In an intriguing turn of events, the Detroit Lions, currently gearing up to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, found themselves entangled in discussions regarding their recent game. Lions head coach Dan Campbell found himself addressing the controversy surrounding safety Kerby Joseph, who faced criticism for a contentious hit that resulted in Los Angeles Rams tight end Tyler Higbee sustaining both a torn ACL and MCL.

The play in question involved Joseph lowering his helmet and thrusting it into Higbee’s legs, causing a disturbing bend in his right knee. The aftermath of the hit triggered a barrage of criticism from the Rams and various corners of the football community, notably from Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford. A video released on Wednesday captured Stafford confronting Joseph immediately after the play, expressing his vehement disapproval and stating, “You’re dirty as f***, and you know it… It’s been on tape; I’ve seen it.”

Several fans highlighted multiple questionable hits by Joseph throughout his brief career as a second-year player from Illinois. Instances included a similar hit with comparable outcomes against Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson, a former Lion, a hip-drop tackle on Rams rookie Puka Nacua, and a collision with the legs of Rams offensive lineman Steve Avila.

When questioned about Joseph’s growing reputation and how he has advised the young player, Coach Campbell staunchly defended Joseph’s playing style. Campbell emphasized their approach to football, urging players to keep their heads up, be mindful of their hits, and avoid using the crown of the helmet. He clarified that their defensive strategy aims to target the thigh board while steering clear of headshots, asserting that their team is not engaged in dirty play but rather plays with a focus on impactful, legal hits.

Notably, despite Campbell’s defense, it was evident that Joseph’s helmet was facing down as he approached Higbee’s legs. Joseph himself defended his actions post-game, asserting that he had no intention of causing harm to Higbee and declaring himself “a MF dog since I came out of my mama’s womb.”

Looking ahead, as the Lions prepare to face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the divisional round, it remains to be seen how Joseph’s controversial playing style may influence the dynamics of the upcoming game. The matchup is scheduled for Sunday at 3 p.m. ET, broadcast on NBC and Peacock.

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