Dolphins wide receiver Rishard Matthews was injured Sunday after the Jets’ Calvin Pryor hit him when he attempted to catch a pass from Ryan Tannehill across the middle of the field.

Pryor hit Matthews in his midsection after the pass went behind Matthews, which forced him to leave the game with rib and chest injuries.

Tannehill was not happy about Pryor celebrating as his team laid on the ground hurt. “That’s kind of a classless move to celebrate when a guy is injured. Obviously, it was a good hit, a clean hit. But to celebrate when a guy is down is a classless move,” Tannehill said.

Pryor heard the comments from Tannehill, and wasn’t quite happy. As these things usually go, Pryor took to Twitter to voice his displeasure:

It does seem fair to say that if Tannehill hit Matthews in stride, he definitely would have taken a much less punishing blow. The hit itself doesn’t seem dirty either, it’s really just the nature of the game.

That’s also probably the legal extent of a hard hit that you can make in today’s NFL.


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Harry Lyles Jr. is an Atlanta-based writer, and a Georgia State University graduate.