Quandre Diggs is one of the NFL’s toughest hitters.
On Sunday, we saw just how much damage the Seattle Seahawks safety could do when he delivered a brutal hit on New England Patriots wide receiver N’Keal Harry. The bang-bang, helmet-to-helmet hit occurred in the second quarter of the Seahawks-Patriots matchup, and ultimately led to Diggs getting an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty and then tossed.
Diggs, bothered by the violent collision that snapped Harry’s head backwards, reached out to the second-year wideout personally.
"He made it clear he was not trying to hurt me," Harry said Tuesday. "It was not intentional. When it happened, I did not think it was intentional. I know out on the field stuff happens super, super quickly," Harry said. “I never felt like it was intentional. It was just one of those football plays. I had already kind of figured he wasn’t trying to do that. Him reaching out definitely meant a lot in the same regard.”
After seeing posts with Harry’s comments on social media, Diggs responded with “Never my intention to hurt anybody.. Respect.”
Diggs was ejected from the game, but not suspended for the hit, as NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Monday. He could still face fines from the NFL.
Teammate Jamal Adams told Diggs to look for a FedEx in his locker Tuesday. In other words, Diggs should expect a hefty fine.
“Yeah, he was hurt, man,” Adams said. “You know, we laughed and giggled about it after. I told him that he was going to have a FedEx in his locker room come Tuesday or Wednesday or whenever we go back. He’s just a physical player. It’s a tough part of the game, obviously, it’s an offensive-minded game and we have to be safer. I totally understand it. It’s tough on a bang-bang situation like that. Two guys just playing fast on both sides of the ball, very competitive. He’s just got to get his head out of the game and lower his target. Quandre is going to be fine, he’ll bounce back.
“We can’t wait to have him next week versus Dallas.”
It’s good to see Harry and Diggs clear the air. More importantly, it’s positive to hear neither player suffered an injury on the play.
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