No hard feelings.
That is what C.J. Mosley said after the veteran defensive tackle signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Lions.
Mosley, who gives the club some needed depth in the interior of the line, is most remembered by Lions fans for putting a big hit on quarterback Matthew Stafford at the end of a game in 2009 against the Cleveland Browns at Ford Field. Stafford and the Lions were at the goalline and the quarterback was trying to buy time before he threw a ball into the end zone, getting drilled by Mosley just as he delivered the incomplete pass with time expired.
Stafford, if you recall, came to the sideline holding his injured left shoulder, that was separated. But the Browns were called for pass interference on the play and Stafford was able to complete a game-tying touchdown pass to Brandon Pettigrew on an untimed down and the extra point won the game.
So, Mosley sought out Stafford to apologize for the hit.
“I actually just ran into Stafford in the locker room today and the first thing he said was, ‘I remember this guy,’” Mosley told Tim Twentyman, who writes for the team’s Web site. “I said, ‘Look, man, I apologize.’ He said there were no hard feelings. We shook hands. We're cool.
“You can tell the City of Detroit and all the fans that I apologize.”
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