OWINGS MILLS, Md. — Earl Thomas wants Mason Rudolph to know he didn’t mean to hurt him.
Thomas’ vicious hit on Sunday left Rudolph unconscious and drew a 15-yard roughing the passer penalty, too. Thomas insisted that the hit wasn’t intentional and said he reached out to Rudolph about the hit.
“I shot him a text, I didn’t get a reply,” Thomas said on Thursday. “But if he sees this, know that it wasn’t intentional. I was just playing football. I was just trying to get my head across and hit the strike zone. Unfortunately, that’s the nature of the sport. I never want to do that to anybody.”
Earl Thomas tells me he shot Mason Rudolph a text regarding the hit last week but didn’t get a reply... he adds “if he sees this, know it wasn’t intentional” pic.twitter.com/2tCfPSWOY4— Jordan Giorgio (@jordangiorgio) October 10, 2019
The hit, which gave Rudolph a concussion, drew the ire of Steelers fans and led to a ‘Throw him out’ chant directed at Thomas.
Both Thomas and coach John Harbaugh said they don’t expect Thomas to be disciplined for the hit, but they can’t be sure.
Thomas has been fined four times in his career, just twice for hits on the field. Should he face a fine for the hit, he still doesn’t think there’s much more he can do to avoid that type of hit.
“I think it was just like a freak accident,” Thomas said. “I think the timing of it, with me going full speed and seeing the play kind of before it happened, I don’t be in that situation again, but I can’t control it.”
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