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Shaun Hill says a Patriots player tried to break his arm

Shaun Hill, Tully Banta-Cain

Detroit Lions quarterback Shaun Hill (14) is sacked by New England Patriots linebacker Tully Banta-Cain (95) in the second half the NFL football game, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2010, at Ford Field in Detroit. (AP Photo/Rick Osentoski)


Shaun Hill had a typical game for him on Thursday.

He made a surprising number of plays out of the pocket, he moved the ball well overall, and his Lions collapsed in the fourth quarter.

Hill has been playing with a broken left (non-throwing) forearm the last few weeks, and he says one Patriot player tried to break it again. Hill appeared to fumble the ball on a quarterback sneak at one point, but was ruled down on the play despite losing the ball.

“That’s why I eventually gave up the ball,” Hill said via “Somebody was down there literally trying to break my arm, which is already broken. Literally, trying. And, uh, y’know, I guess wasn’t seen [by officials].”

Hill has shown a lot of guts this year, proving to be just what you want out of a backup quarterback. (The 49ers could use a guy like that.) Hill says he didn’t mind his coach calling for a quarterback sneak, despite his injury.

“I loved the call,” he said. “I loved the call. Absolutely loved it. I have no qualms about running that play – one-armed or whatever. I loved the call.”