SANTA CLARA, Calif. - New York Giants linebacker Jon Beason sustained a concussion on the first drive of Sunday's game against the 49ers after colliding with running back Carlos Hyde on a run along the left sideline.
Friday, Hyde was fined $23,152 by the NFL, according to multiple reports, for leading with the crown of his helmet on the play.
But Beason didn't have an issue with Hyde after the incident. According to Newsday, Beason took issue with 49ers right guard Alex Boone, who was out in front blocking for Hyde on the play. He maintained a block on Beason before Beason eventually got to Hyde.
After Beason had gotten past Boone, Boone's hand was still on Beason's back, with Beason claiming Boone pushed him into Hyde, causing the concussion, to which Beason called a "coward move."
"I can honestly say that if I hadn't gotten pushed in the back I wouldn't have been concussed," Beason said on Friday, having cleared the concussion protocol. "It's unfortunate when another player, Alex Boone to be exact, can reach out, grab you from behind, and deliberately push you in the back. It's hard enough to stay healthy in this league. I think it was a coward move, it doesn't show any sportsmanship, no regard for another player or his career. It could have been a lot worse."
Boone responded in kind:
"I'm sorry he feels that way. I've never thought of myself as a dirty player intentionally trying to hurt anybody. He feels the way he feels and I'm sorry he feels that way," Boone said.
"I've never intentionally ever tried to go out and hurt anybody. I respect this game more than anybody in this league. I respect everybody in it. If that's how he feels then good for him."
Sunday's injury was Beason's first reported concussion during his 11-year career. He's appeared in 91 games, making 89 starts, registering 518 tackles splitting time between the Panthers and Giants.
Chris Biderman is the Editor-in-Chief of Niners Digest and covers the 49ers from their headquarters in Santa Clara. Chris has been writing about the team since the spring of 2013. The Ohio State alum received his Journalism degree in 2011 and has been working in sports media since 2008. Chris, a Santa Rosa, Calif. native, is also a contributor to the Associated Press covering sports throughout the Bay Area. You can follow Chris on Twitter here.
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