Washington Redskins safety DeAngelo Hall defended a low hit that injured Buffalo Bills tight end Chris Gragg in Friday's preseason meeting between the two teams, telling Gragg in a tweet Saturday that he targeted his legs because the NFL would have fined the veteran defensive back for tackling Gragg too high.
Rather get hit high than low.....#imJustSayin— Chris Gragg (@Gragg80) August 27, 2016
@DeAngeloHall23 i kno its the league OG. Aint know hard feelings here bro just hate it happen. Im telling them thats where I rather be hit.— Chris Gragg (@Gragg80) August 27, 2016
Gragg, a fourth-year tight end who started four games last season for the Bills, announced Saturday on Instagram that he's out for the season because of a left knee injury suffered on the play.
Injuries, in this game they are gonna happen nthn you can really do to stop it. Hate that my 2016 football season had to end like this. I had a pretty good feeling its was gonna be big, but life happens. The MAJOR 🔑 is when life happens, dont let it define you, dont let it destroy you, but let it strengthen you. Make it just a chapter in your story where u take what happens and grow from it. So dont worry if you know me you kno, ILL BE BACK. #thebestisyettocome #billsmafia
Hall lowered his shoulder into Gragg's left leg after the tight end made a 5-yard catch over the middle of the field in the second quarter of Friday's game. Gragg later walked off the field under his own power, but coach Rex Ryan said after the game that doctors suspected Gragg suffered a serious ACL injury.
"It's a real shame," Ryan told reporters. "Sometimes, especially with Gragg's injury, a guy should make a tackle. But I get it. Was frustrated he just had a 15-yard penalty. That was ridiculous in my opinion, but it is what it is."
Prior to his exchange Saturday with Gragg, Hall defended his tackle on Twitter later Friday night.
It's so funny how I got people that have never played football telling me how to tackle. #JumpOffABridge I'm 5'11 200lbs I'm hitting LOW— OG aka CAPTAIN 23 (@DeAngeloHall23) August 27, 2016
No disrespect to the #Bills Player I wish him nothing but the best. But I play 1 speed and that's all out. That's why I been here 13years— OG aka CAPTAIN 23 (@DeAngeloHall23) August 27, 2016
I'm playing within the rules. If that hit was so dirty tell the league the fine me or throw a flag. And the one flag the whistle didn't blow— OG aka CAPTAIN 23 (@DeAngeloHall23) August 27, 2016
Gragg caught a career-high 12 passes last season for the Bills, totaling 150 yards. The 2013 seventh-round pick has played in 32 career games for Buffalo, making 10 starts.