Martavis Bryant Accuses Colts’ DB Of Intentional Late Hit

Martavis Bryant told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler he believes Indianapolis Colts’ safety Matthias Farley intentionally hit him late during last night’s game.

From Fowler:

“I was already on the ground. It is what it is,” Bryant said. “My foot was already bent. … [Farley] just came in and hit me.”

He told Fowler the hit was “definitely intentional.”

Here’s a clip of the play, a failed bubble screen early in the second quarter. Farley is #41, coming in from the left side of your screen after missing the initial tackle.

Bryant was nicked up but returned to the game. When you slow-mo the play, you can definitely tell Bryant was down, and the hit from Farley caused Bryant’s leg to awkwardly bend back. But Farley made contact just as the ref blew the whistle so I’m sure the Colts would argue he was just finishing the play.

The good news is that Bryant escaped injury. We’ve seen enough of those around the league in the preseason. He finished the afternoon with five catches, tied with Eli Rogers for the team lead.

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  • CommonSenseGoneWild

    And yet the ref calls nothing.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Yeah that was rough. Surprised there wasn’t a flag thrown.

  • Mrs Bighead

    Pretty terrible. Glad he’s ok

  • Chris92021

    I am sure though if James Harrison did that, he would be flagged, ejected, fined, suspended, and then drug tested within 10 minutes of the hit.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Its Jesse James fault he got hit to begin with, if James blocks someone….anyone Martavis wouldnt be trying to dodge 3 players on the play…..he basically just got in Martavis way so he couldnt turn up field waiting for him to block someone.

    I have no idea why Jake McGee barely played the last game, he has to be a better option than James.

  • Kevin Gobleck

    Man I saw this play happen in person. I was on the first level and boy when. I saw it happen I thought his year was over

  • alevin16

    And could you imagine what would happen if you did that to a Patriots receiver (or heavens forbid Tom Terrific). You would be thrown out of the league, your family for 5 generations would be punished and that would just be the first round, then Goodell would really get you 😀

  • Thomas

    I know we’re trying to get him going, but these short screens have been really ugly looking. Not sure if it’s him or bad blocking but I feel they need to throw him more big receiver type routes.

  • Steve Johnson

    That was a late hit! I was surprise the Refs didn’t throw the flag. I thought Bryant was out for the game. Is it me, or does he still look pretty rusty?
    And what is it using so many (end-and-around’s) using WR’s? That’s not Justin Hunter’s strength.

  • Yinzer MOB

    Definitely thought it was a late hit the refs gave #41 a lot of slack last night I felt like the hit on Jessie James earlier in the game at the 10 yard line was high and should have been called. But I do like that guys energy.

  • RickM

    Probably a combination of all of those. Plus, the Steelers at some point will realize he does not have the same short speed he previously had so these plays will not be as effective. You cannot be as quick at 230 as 210. This guy used to rocket with his quick acceleration. Not now. I agree they need to focus on hitting him down the field. The hit should result in a league fine.

  • Zarbor

    What happen to the days when your teammates would get in the face of opposing player who do cheap crap hits like that? That punk should not have gotten away with that type of late cheap hit. Losing a lot of respect for players nowadays. Ain’t nobody hitting my teammate like that without me getting in his face and threatening that fool. That was terrible.

  • jesse murray

    Maybe if Jesse James actually tried to block someone this never happens.

  • blackandgoldBullion

    I like Jessie but what was he thinking? If he gets in the way of 41 initially Marty gets a few steps to get going. JJ just runs by the guy totally unaware until it’s too late. And a lot of other Steelers can’t block and that’s why these screens rarely work.

    Little Wheaton used to block better than all his bigger contemporaries. Just pay attention and hit somebody….anybody!

  • Timothy Rea

    Yeah this could have been a season or career ender a little higher. Really dirty stuff. Refs are in mid-season form with the non-calls.

  • steeltown

    Woah. Couldnt watch the game, that couldve been serious injury.

  • Gautama Om

    Jesse James has the fear of concussions which is why he doesn’t try to block nor make contested catches.

    Of course I don’t have proof of this nor will I, or anyone, will ever have unless we can read people’s minds. Players giving less effort or a few trying to get injured or suspended on purpose to avoid playing is going to continue. I’m not saying that this is the motive in all of those cases but there are a few of those out there. Again, we will never have proof.

  • Ace

    James looks like he has never played football in his life. You know the look you see in everyday situations where a guy who wants to help out but isn’t sure what he’s supposed to be doing and is afraid to ask. On a construction site, moving furniture, around the house, etc. Doesn’t know what to look for, isn’t sure what comes next or what will be needed, unnatural body movements, lots of wasted motions while considering his options and not sure which one is right. He’s just kinda there getting in the way annoying and endangering everyone around him.

  • CommonSenseGoneWild

    What really gets me mad about the play is that the ref is staring right at a defenseless WR in Bryant, sees him get hit high when he is already down, and decides nothing to see here. Meanwhile they can see a hand touch a jersey and decide that is the time to throw a PI call.

  • Shane Mitchell

    Man is that ever the truth.

  • I know it’s not the focus here…but I agree–Jesse James is a pathetic excuse for an NFL TE.

  • Dorian James

    I wasn’t too happy with the leg twist while both of them were on the ground either

  • Shannon Stephenson

    I see a guy in Fowler a guy who is trying hard to make a team. I see over zealous plays in preseason all the time and that is my feelings here.

  • Greg

    It’s preseason everyone calmdown

  • Greg

    Bryant was held and pushed all night by the safety and nothing was called if you think anything is going to get called in Pittsburgh’s favor you had better think again, no wonder Jesse James didn’t do anything he probably had his head half on his shoulders after that helmet-to-helmet hit at the beginning of the game

  • Greg

    amano amano during the real season Pittsburgh would kill this team just like they did last year

  • Greg

    Pittsburgh is just fooling around with plays

  • will

    Cause it is MB

  • Dewayne Braxton

    I am not surprised at all. Last year Eric Weddle grabbed Brown’s face mask for the world to see. It was a goal line play. The refes were right on top of it but there was no flag. Sports commentators played reviews of the play over and over again but never mentioned one of worse missed calls of the year. After that nothing surprises me.

  • Edjhjr

    Hines would call that good football

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    But with the league cracking down on headshots and concussions you would think they call anything close to this.

  • Applebite

    The hit on JuJu’s knee wasn’t exactly kosher either. Usually when you go for the lower legs, you try to wrap the man up. JuJu took that hit with the crown of the helmet on his knee.

  • walter

    yes he looks rusty

  • walter

    wow jesse james what is he doing?

  • Douglas Andrews

    I sure hope he’s not cut and signed to another team that utilizes him as a pass catcher as well as a blocking TE. I too wanted to see more of McGee. Grimble’s a decent option at times but he’s been inconsistent.

  • Walt Dongo

    me either, i thought he was injured for sure. glad i was wrong.

  • John Pennington

    The league should take a look at the hit on MB.He was down when he got hit thats how players get hurt.

  • John Pennington

    He was standing right there and did nothing.Your right.

  • Matt Manzo

    I didn’t think anything of it during the game. But watching it like that, it definitely looks dirty! And definitely looks like a flag that woulda been thrown for another team!

  • Conserv_58

    Running around like a chicken with its head cut off.

  • Conserv_58

    That sums up that situation perfectly. Jessie looked more like a thoroughly confused traffic cop. If that was Heath Miller…

  • Conserv_58

    He ‘s already proven to be a much more willing and better blocker than James ever will be. It’s obvious that Jessie James doesn’t like blocking because it involves contact.

  • srdan

    I don’t think this was dirty. I don’t think he intentionally hit him after he was down. When I saw it, I thought it was a fumble.

    What I don’t like about this play is if Votaze or James were a part of it, a flag would be thrown. Reffing needs to have no subjectivity in it.

  • george

    No they would just sacrafice you at the 50 ard time during halftime.

  • StrengthOfVictory

    I recall the Colts being upset the call was ruled as not a fumble. Meanwhile, I’m sitting at home thinking, “What? Be grateful you didn’t get a personal foul flag, 15 yards, and a first down against your defense!”

  • cencalsteeler

    This! I came away impressed with Farley, tbh. I’d hope he makes the practice squad for the Colts and we swipe him up. We need that type of play in our backfield.

  • Terrible Towlie

    its no longer coincedental its a pattern….we always get screwed

  • MakeAmericaGreatAgain

    I am sure it will be reviewed by the league office like the (legal) Bufict hit on Sherman from the KC game. There was no flag there either, but then again, it was a legal hit.

  • JimK-51

    Yea you would think it was Big Ben taking the hit, they don’t like to call roughing the passer against him either…

  • Zach Bolen

    This is the problem it’s a player safety thing it does not matter if it was dirty it should have been a flag and a small fine, but the refs messed up so now it should just be a small fine.

  • srdan

    good freaking question. Looks like he got ADD in the hole

  • Terrible Towlie

    what did you expect…we never get calls for shit….Ben got his nose broke, but hands to the face was not called

  • Terrible Towlie

    yes, just not for us

  • Terrible Towlie

    why were you suprised? why? we never get a call

  • Terrible Towlie

    thats spearing (hitting with crown) and has been a rule forever