NFL: Looney's block ruled legal, no fine

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NFL: Looney's block ruled legal, no fine
August 28, 2013, 6:15 am
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Kevin Williams sustained a right knee hyperextension, a significant bone bruise and a posterior capsular strain after Joe Looney's block. (AP)

49ers guard Joe Looney will not be fined for his low block on Minnesota Vikings veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams, a league spokesman confirmed Wednesday morning.

The NFL ruled that Looney's block was a legal play. Therefore, he is not subject to a fine.

Looney was blocking for 49ers running back LaMichael James on a third-quarter running play Sunday night. As James was being stopped 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage, Looney went to knee level to block Williams. Williams did not see Looney's block, which came from the front. The block occurred approximately 10 yards in front of the play.

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"I didn't try to take a dirty cheap shot at him," Looney told CSNBayArea.com. "I was just trying to finish my block. I meant no harm by the block at all."

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Williams sustained a hyperextension of his right knee, the Vikings announced on Monday. An MRI examination revealed a significant bone bruise as well as a posterior capsular strain.

"I've always been taught to play to the whistle," said Looney, a second-year pro who did not play as a rookie after recovering from a foot injury he sustained at the Senior Bowl.

"I'm not out on the field trying to hurt anybody. I hope Kevin is alright," Looney said. "I was just trying to do what I was coached, and play 100 percent to the whistle. I'm just trying to make the football team."

Said 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, "It was an unfortunate play. I don't think it was a dirty play. Don't think it was intentional. Don't think there is any malice in the heart of Joe Looney."