The Indianapolis Colts conceded the next painful defeat in the NFL at the weekend against the New York Giants (10:38). Head coach Jeff Saturday was particularly displeased when an opposing player cheered.
Linebacker Kayvon Thibodeaux brought down Colts quarterback Nick Foles with a hard hit late in the first quarter. He then celebrated his tackle by imitating a snow angel on the green turf.
The scene looked completely out of place as Foles, lying right next to Thibodeaux, was in visible pain and appeared to be convulsing.
The playcaller, who suffered a rib injury, was treated immediately and had to leave the field for the time being. Substitute Sam Ehlinger later took over.
Thibodeaux says he didn’t see his opponent’s problems and apologized after the game. His words would have had much more credibility if he hadn’t mocked the injured Foles with another gesture during his treatment.
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Of course, Colts coach Jeff Saturday wasn’t happy about the taunting of his injured quarterback. He described Thibodeaux’s behavior on Monday as “distasteful”.
The 47-year-old was no less harsh on his own team. “I’m not a fan of it at all. I was disappointed from an O-Line perspective and with the teammates in general. I’ll be reticent to say I didn’t like it at all. I’ll leave it at that,” said Saturday, the thus deploring the lack of protection for Foles.
Foles will definitely not be able to play in the last game of the season with his rib injury. Ehlinger, who produced only one touchdown against the Giants, takes over again against the Houston Texans. For the two worst teams in the AFC South, however, it’s all about the golden pineapple at the end of the season anyway.