In a shocking turn of events, New York Jets wide receiver Randall Cobb has been fined a hefty $13,889 for a blindside hit on New York Giants defensive back Bobby McCain during the teams' final preseason game last weekend. The hit, which was deemed an illegal blindside block, not only resulted in a penalty but also left McCain concussed and ignited a war of words between Cobb's teammates and a Giants player.
According to ESPN, Cobb's hit on McCain was called out by the referees, leading to the penalty. The impact of the hit was severe, leaving McCain with a concussion and unable to continue playing. This incident immediately caught the attention of Giants linebacker Jihad Ward, who engaged in a heated exchange with superstar quarterback Aaron Rodgers, as captured by HBO's "Hard Knocks."
The tension between Ward and Rodgers escalated when Ward pushed Rodgers after a pass and attempted to confront him. Rodgers, seemingly unfazed by the linebacker's actions, responded by claiming he didn't even know who Ward was. These interactions were shown on the popular HBO series, providing viewers with an inside look at the budding rivalry.
Ward, however, expressed his discontent with how he was portrayed on “Hard Knocks” and accused Rodgers and his teammates of laughing after the Cobb hit. Ward claimed that the focus was solely on Rodgers and that he was made to look like a “sucker” in the process. Not one to back down, Rodgers vehemently denied Ward's allegations, stating that he believed the linebacker was fabricating the entire incident.
With tensions rising between the two teams, the upcoming regular season opener for both sides is eagerly anticipated. The Giants will face off against the Dallas Cowboys, while the Jets will welcome the Buffalo Bills to MetLife Stadium in Week 1. The highly anticipated clash between the Jets and Giants is slated for October 29.
As the aftermath of Cobb's hit on McCain continues to unfold, it remains to be seen how this incident will impact the relationship between the two New York teams. Both teams will be looking to prove themselves on the field and put this controversy behind them as they embark on the 2023 season.
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