Lions center Dominic Raiola said his stomp on Chicago Bears defensive tackle Ego Ferguson’s ankle was totally unintentional.
During the third quarter of the Lions’ 20-14 victory over the Bears on Sunday, Raiola was seen on replays stepping on Ferguson’s right ankle. Raiola said that he did not see Ferguson on the ground after a 4-yard gain by Lions running back Joique Bell.
Raiola was not penalized on the play and said he apologized after the game.
"We're out there trying to score a touchdown. I'm not going to put myself in position to get a 15-yarder. Come on, now," Raiola said, according to the Detroit News. "I knew I was stumbling. Me and (left guard) Rob (Sims) had a combination block. I remember exactly what happened. I was stumbling through.”
Ferguson disagreed with Raiola’s assessment of the play.
“We all saw the play," Ferguson said. "You can't take back what happened with that play, you know what I mean? We all saw the play, so that's the end of that."
The Lions play the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Detroit wins the NFC North with a win or tie and a loss drops them to the Wild Card.
- Scooby Axson