Like last week, the Pittsburgh Steelers‘ defense played a physical game. But one play got a little too physical. Arthur Moats was called for a facemask on Johnny Manziel, twisting the QB around and knocking his contact out in a brutal swoop that was justly called.
After the game, Moats apologized to Manziel on Twitter.
Moats responded to several tweets, some of which contained unsavory language that would make this blogger blush. But in one, he slightly expanded on what happened.
He claims the Cleveland Browns knew there wasn’t malicious intent.
“They understood it was a football play,” Moats said according to Jacob Klinger of Pennlive.com. Per Klinger, Moats also said right tackle Mitchell Schwartz acknowledged he held the outside linebacker on the play. No penalty for holding was called.
Moats is regarded as one of the high-character players on this team and his apology should be taken as sincere. He recorded a half sack Sunday, giving him two on the season.
The two teams will meet again in Week 17 although the Browns could very well be starting Josh McCown then. McCown would have started today had he been healthy.