Packers S Darnell Savage: ‘I’m not a dirty player’
Derrius Guice took to Twitter to accuse Darnell Savage of purposely injuring him in the game between the Washington Redskins and Green Bay Packers. Even with Guice deleting the tweet, Savage spoke to the media to refute the accusations made by the Redskins’ running back.
“I’m sure you guys can (see), I’m not a dirty player,” Savage told a group of reporters. “In my career, I’ve never done anything to hurt anybody. It’s unfortunate it happened. I actually told a couple of my teammates, ‘I hope he’s good,’ after it happened.
This past Sunday, Guice was forced to make an early exit versus the Packers after suffering yet another knee injury. The injury came on a play that involved Savage tackling Guice below the waist.
Since his rookie year in 2018, Guice has had three different knee injuries. Additionally, he will end his season on injured reserve for the second consecutive year. There’s no doubt that Guice is frustrated and likely chose to accuse the rookie safety with his emotions running high.
When playing in the NFL, players realize that everyone is playing to earn money for their families. Therefore, it’s hard to believe that a player would intentionally hurt another player in between the sidelines.
As sad as it is to see Guice have another injury prevent him from suiting up, it’s reckless to assume that Savage purposely injured him. The Packers’ first-round pick has been a physical defender since his days at Maryland in college.
In his first season in Green Bay, Savage has contributed 47 tackles, two interceptions, two forced fumbles, and four deflections. Above all, Savage has played the right way and the unfortunate injury to Guice shouldn’t label him as a dirty player.