Rookie safety J.J. Wilcox committed what could have been a crucial penalty on Sunday afternoon, when he hit Redskins receiver Santana Moss after the whistle, and after Moss was already on the ground. The play, on third down, kept the Washington drive alive and helped the Redskins to a field goal to make it 23-14.
The offense would eventually bail Wilcox out with 11 unanswered points on the way to a come-from-behind victory, but the rookie--while saying his intentions were good on the play--acknowledged afterward that it was a dumb mistake on his part.
“I thought he was still staying up,” Wilcox said, per the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “I don’t want to be the one to let him get up and score. You know, you live and you learn. I’m a rookie. I live and learn. I learned form it, and I understand now there’s different rules. When players are close to the ground, they’re going to call it. Instead of running and hitting them, put your hands on them. You know, I’ll learn from it. It was an aggressive play. It was a foolish play. I take the blame from it. I’ll learn from it a lot.”
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