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Packers T.J. Lang accepts Vikings Brian Robison’s apology for groin kick

T.J. Lang is a more forgiving man than most. (Charles Rex Arbogast/AP)

Or maybe T.J. Lang is just a forgiving guy.

Either way, the Green Bay Packers guard was willing to accept an apology from Minnesota Vikings defensive end Brian Robison after the latter blatantly cleated the former in his “sweet spot.”

If you missed the play, watch it below. It doesn’t help Robison’s cause that he did it right in front of a referee.

“It was in the sweet spot,” Lang said immediately after the game. “In my opinion, it was a pretty cowardly move. I didn’t do anything dirty to the guy. I don’t know what he was upset about. He decided to kick me in right in the groin. You never want to see that in a football game. I’m just proud of the way I responded. I didn’t throw any punches. It was really hard for me.”

The cheap shot was one of several — although clearly the dirtiest — on display during the latest chapter of this bitter NFC North rivalry.

“We’re on the field, we hate each other,” Robison said after the game. “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. That’s kind of the way you want it sometimes.”

Robison changed his tune Sunday night, issuing an apology to Lang, the Vikings and their fans, and the NFL on Twitter (where all apologies come these days).

My apologies to @tjlang70 , my team, my fans and the @nfl . I am not a dirty player and did not maliciously aim f... Oct 24 01:14:13 via SimplyTweetBrian Robison

Lang reported via Twitter on Sunday night that his organs were still in tact and went on to accept Robison’s apology.

Glad to report my genitalia are in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery!Mon Oct 24 00:24:11 via Twitter for AndroidTJ Lang

All joking aside I think @Brian_Robison is a heck of a player.. just caught up in the emotion of the game.. apology acceptedMon Oct 24 06:22:08 via Twitter for AndroidTJ Lang

Now, with everyone’s feelings all sorted out, all that remains is to see how hefty a fine Robison will earn from Roger Goodell. Robison is expecting a number north of $10,000, and if he’ll be lucky if it’s not significantly more than that and doesn’t include a suspension.

For comparison’s sake, Miami DT Micanor Regis was hit with a one-game suspension for punching North Carolina receiver Dwight Jones below the belt two weeks ago (video here). But Regis doesn’t get a fat paycheck (that we know of...) and Robison ought to know better.

(H/T Pro Football Talk)

Matt Brooks is the high school sports editor for The Washington Post. He's an Arlington native and longtime District resident and was previously a high school sports reporter, editor for several blogs and Early Lead contributor with The Post.


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