Zim­mer ticked off by ‘cheap’ hit

Vik­ings QB left game with concussion

Packer Plus - - Nfc North - By MATT VENSEL

The vic­to­ri­ous Vik­ings are not pleased with the Rams af­ter quar­ter­back Teddy Bridge­wa­ter was knocked out of the game with a concussion.

Bridge­wa­ter slid down af­ter a short run early in the fourth quar­ter and was hit in the head by Rams rookie cor­ner­back Lamar­cus Joyner, who led with his shoul­der. It looked as if Bridge­wa­ter was knocked out by the hit, which re­sulted in a 15-yard per­sonal foul penalty on Joyner.

Bridge­wa­ter went to the locker room and was di­ag­nosed with a concussion. He did not re­turn. He will have to be cleared through the NFL’s concussion pro­to­col in or­der to play next week­end against the Raiders.

Af­ter the 21-18 over­time win, coach Mike Zim­mer was asked if he thought Joyner’s hit was a cheap shot that crossed the line. “Yes, I do,” he replied.

“If we were out in the street, we prob­a­bly would have had a fight,” he added.

Zim­mer was then asked if he thought the Rams, who were not flagged ear­lier in the sec­ond half for a low hit on Bridge­wa­ter, tar­geted his QB.

“I don’t know about that, but I do know that there is a his­tory there with their de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor,” Zim­mer said. “I’ll leave it at that.”

The Rams’ de­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, of course, is Gregg Wil­liams, who was sus­pended by the NFL in the Saints’ “Boun­ty­gate” scan­dal a few years ago.

Joyner said af­ter the game that he did not in­tend to hurt Bridge­wa­ter.

“He’s full of crap,” left guard Bran­don Fusco said when told about that.

Fusco was per­haps the most out­spo­ken Vik­ings player about Joyner’s hit.

“I don’t agree with the hit,” Fusco said. “I think some of those play­ers on that team are pretty cheap, to tell you the truth. I hope we see them again be­cause it was a fun game to play in and a phys- ical game. I just don’t like see­ing our quar­ter­back go down that way.”

On his way off the field af­ter kicker Blair Walsh’s game-win­ner, Zim­mer gave Rams coach Jeff Fisher a quick hand­shake and then kept walk­ing.

“I don’t have much to say to him,” Zim­mer ex­plained.

Zim­mer said he was pleased with how his team han­dled the ad­ver­sity.

“I thought it was a hard­fought game,” he said. “I know we played very clean on our side of the ball. It shows our team has a lot of heart, a lot of fight.”

GETTY IM­AGES

Lamar­cus Joyner of the St. Louis Rams el­bows Teddy Bridge­wa­ter of the Min­nesota Vik­ings af­ter the quar­ter­back slid down af­ter a short run in the fourth quar­ter at TCF Bank Sta­dium on Sun­day.

AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

Bridge­wa­ter lies on the field af­ter the Joyner hit. Bridge­wa­ter sus­tained a concussion and will have to be cleared through the NFL’s concussion pro­to­col be­fore he can play again.

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