SANTA CLARA -- Offensive guard Joe Looney said he meant no harm and was just trying to play to the whistle Sunday night when his low block resulted in Minnesota defensive tackle Kevin Williams' knee injury.
"I tried to find him after the game to apologize, to let him know I'm not that kind of player who's trying to hurt guys and maliciously take violent hits at people" Looney said on Monday in the 49ers' locker room. "I've been injured myself. I know what it's like."
Looney was blocking for 49ers running back LaMichael James on a third-quarter running play. James was stopped 7 yards behind the line of scrimmage but appeared to be ready to cut back to the other side. Looney's low block on Williams came from the front, but he was looking over his left shoulder at James, who was approximately 10 yards away.
"I didn't try to take a dirty cheap shot at him," Looney said. "I was just trying to finish my block. I meant no harm by the block at all."
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.
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Said Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, "Kevin was fortunate in that there was no injury to any of his ligaments."
"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 all right," 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."
Williams, a 10-year veteran, is a five-time All Pro and has been chosen to six Pro Bowl teams.
"I didn’t see him at all," Williams said afterward. "I was just running towards the ball. He might've peeled back and got me. I don't know where he came from. He hit me pretty low. We'll watch it and see if it was dirty or not."