BEREA (92.3 The Fan) – Jordan Poyer isn’t the only one bothered by Titans special teamer Antonio Andrews’ decision to post the video of his hit that sent Poyer to the hospital on Instagram.
Browns receiver Terrelle Pryor ripped Andrews Wednesday for the move calling it, “bullcrap.”
“When I first saw it, it kinda angered me,” Pryor said of the post. “To hit a guy blindside, that’s not…if you’re going head-up with a man and you beat a man face-to-face, and he sees you and you see him, alright, cool. But if you’re a special teams guy and you’re popping that stuff on there like you’re some type of super hero or something just because you’re hitting a blindsided and you think that’s cool, that’s where the problem comes in.
“I think he should stay to his special teams and what he does and don’t post stuff when a man’s not looking and taking a hit like that.”
Pryor wasn’t done there and he made it clear that while the hit on the Browns’ safety might have crossed the line, Andrews bragging about it definitely did.
“It’s a game, it happens,” Pryor said. “We put ourselves in that situation by signing on and signing the contract to play here but the only thing I didn’t like was when the guy posted it, bragging, ‘relentless.’ What is relentless about that? Hitting another man when he’s not looking…I love Poyer like a brother and that really angered me.”
Poyer, who was released from the hospital Tuesday after suffering a lacerated kidney that ended his season, took to Twitter to express his displeasure with the post by questioning Andrews’ decision to post the video in a series of tweets while being driven back to Cleveland from Nashville.
Andrews then responded to Poyer in a tweet that it’s a “contact sport” while also telling him to “get well soon.”
Browns head coach Hue Jackson, who saw Poyer Wednesday and gave him a hug, agreed that the post by the Titans back was in poor taste.
“I’ve heard about it, saw it and that’s disappointing to me,” Jackson said. “That’s one of our players. There’s a code among players in the National Football League. That young man suffered a serious injury. So, I don’t think that’s something to celebrate. I would hope that he reaches out to Jordan and maybe even explain why it even went that far.
“I hope that’s not a feeling that he really has because I really think Jordan took that kind of personally. That’s hard to be injured and not playing because somebody took a shot at you that maybe everybody felt was different than what it was, but those things happen.”
Browns 9-time Pro Bowl left tackle Joe Thomas wasn’t thrilled about the post either.
“Certainly you’d hope there was some sensitivity involved when a guy does go to the hospital because of a hit,” Thomas said.
Andrews was flagged 15 yards for the illegal hit while Poyer, who spent 2 nights in the hospital, was placed on injured reserve Tuesday, ending his season.
Pryor Rehab – Pryor did not practice Wednesday due to his sore hamstring but he did participate in the morning walk-through according to the Browns receiver.
Pryor will continue to get treatment in an effort to be ready to play at Cincinnati Sunday.
“I’ll do whatever it takes to win,” Pryor said. “I owe it to the city.”
Injury Report – DNP: CB Joe Haden (groin), WR Terrelle Pryor (hamstring), WR Corey Coleman (hand), TE Seth DeValve (knee), DB Marcus Burley (hamstring), LT Joe Thomas (knee); LIMITED: DE Xavier Cooper (shoulder), QB Josh McCown (shoulder), CB Jamar Taylor (knee), TE Randall Telfer (ankle).
Quarterback Robert Griffin III also continues to work with trainers on the side.