The good news is Packers guard T.J. Lang is fine and his thumbs were able to tweet that message to Twitter nation after the game.
“Glad to report my genitalia are in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery,” Lang tweeted after the Packers beat the Vikings 33-27 Sunday.
With five minutes to play in the second quarter, the Packers lined up to kick a field goal to cut their deficit to four points, 14-10, but Vikings defensive end Brian Robison, part of the field goal block team, was caught on camera delivering a kick to Lang’s groin while Robison was on the ground and Lang was standing above him.
“It’s one of those things that we get after it, it gets chippy, there’s some talking going on, there’s some pushing going on, and that’s kind of the way you want it sometimes,” Robison said.
“It was in the heat of the moment. Like I said, in hindsight I wish it wouldn’t have happened, but I did it.”
His actions cost the Vikings a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff, but he wasn’t ejected from the game and Lang remained in the game.
Robison acknowledged that he might get fined, and Lang called the kick a “cheap shot.”
“I don’t think there’s any part in a game for that. Definitely a cheap shot. I don’t think it takes a genius to figure that out. It is what it is. I’m glad I didn’t respond in a dumb way by getting a penalty and getting ejected. I had to move on from it – didn’t really have any other choice,” Lang said.
“I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody do that before. I was talking to the ref afterward, just kind of joking around, and I was like, ‘Is that the same as a punch?’ He was like, ‘Yeah, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen anybody do it.’ I don’t think they knew what to do. We ultimately won the game, so that’s the biggest thing for us."
Robison initially didn’t want to get into details on what happened, saying people would see the play on television and see what happened to precipitate his kick. When told that initial replays didn’t show what happened before the kick, he said there was something that happened but didn’t want to elaborate.
Later, he relented and gave his side of the story.
“I think when you’ve got a guy standing over the top of you, you automatically go into defense mode. And as you know, they always catch the second guy. It is what it is,” he said.
“From what I hear, it didn’t show up on the TV copy, but if you watch the game, you can clearly see … he kind of picked me up in midair, put me on my back and then presumed to come towards me. So automatically I went into defense mode. It is what it is, and it’s just something that hopefully I won’t repeat in the future.
And, as Robison indicated, the high intensity, divisional rivalry between the Vikings and Packers may have contributed to his emotions running high.
“They can be 7-0 all they want, and we can be 1-6,” Robison said. “The rivalry’s still going to be there.”
Like Lang, Robison turned to Twitter after the game. In Robison's case, it was to offer an apology.
"My apologies to @tjlang70 (Lang), my team, my fans and the @nfl," Robison tweeted. "I am not a dirty player and did not maliciously aim for the groin, just happened to be where it landed."
But, leave it to Vikings punter Chris Kluwe, who has made a name for himself with his humorous and opinionated tweets, to tweak Robison with a tweet.
"I'm just upset you're trying to take my job," Kluwe tweeted. "There's no way they don't start you at punter next week now."
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