Seattle Seahawk cornerback Jeremy Lane said Wednesday he is still waiting to hear from the NFL about an incident in Sunday’s NFC title game win over the 49ers in which he was hit by a non-player on the San Francisco sideline while running down to cover a punt.
(Here’s a video of the play, which was the same one on which Ricardo Lockette hit LaMichael James hard).
Wednesday, Lane described the play this way:
“I thought I seen the guy trying to move out of the way and then all the sudden I seen an arm, like an elbow hitting me in the neck and above. And I was like ‘dang.’ I didn’t really know how to react because I didn’t know if it was on purpose or not. So I was like ‘when I get back after the game I’m going to watch the tape and really see what happened.’ And when I watched tape I can clearly see the dude did it on purpose.”
Lane said he didn’t know exactly who it was who hit him but did say he knew it was a non-player.
He said he had talked to the NFL and that “they are doing an investigation.”
Seattle coach Pete Carroll on Monday said he saw the hit and that “I think that’ll be very interesting report back from the league. I was really disappointed that it didn’t get called because there is an official that’s on that he was obstructed out of bounds. By intent? I don’t know, I can’t tell that. I don’t know who knows. But it did happen and to tell you the truth, I’m not sure of the rule, but I think the rule had… that’s part of the bench, that’s part of the team, and they’re not allowed to do that. They have to make way. I had to make a deal about it because we saw it during the game, made a big deal about it to the officials so it wouldn’t happen again and I was just surprised because there is a guy that’s tracking that, the gunner. We’ll find out the ruling. I don’t really know what that is.”
And here’s what 49er coach Jim Harbaugh said to local reporters about the play on Tuesday and if the team has talked to the NFL:
“I think there has been some contact there. [General Manager] Trent’s [Baalke] talked to them about that. I do have a perspective on that because I did see it. I was standing closer to the sideline than the person that got run into. I saw Jeremy deep into our box and I turned around. What I saw was our guy do the exact same thing. I was practically in his shoes because we both turned around and saw the same thing. And he did run into our guy and kind of stumbled down to the ground. But our guy was in a spot back where he was supposed to be. I saw it with my own two eyes. I saw the same kind of reaction. He made the same reaction that I did. So, it was bang-bang. I could be called for a witness on that because I saw it.”