During Sunday’s preseason game between the Giants and Bengals, Cincinnati tight end Thaddeus Moss delivered a low block to Latest York rookie Kayvon Thibodeaux within the second quarter. While Thibodeaux appears to have avoided a significant injury, the hit knocked the pass rusher out of the sport. Thibodeaux was later diagnosed with a sprained MCL and will likely be out for 3 to 4 weeks, based on multiple reports.
Following Sunday’s game, first-year Giants coach Brian Daboll said the hit, also generally known as a cut block, was legal.
“That’s the principles. They permit it. We do it as well,” he said.
The NFL’s rulebook prohibits blocks below the waist with just a few exceptions, including: “By players of either team during a scrimmage down prior to a change of possession unless the contact occurs within the tight end box.” The tight end box is defined as the world 2 yards outside of the traditional tackle position and extends 5 yards on either side of the road of scrimmage.
Still, the play sparked controversy amongst players, analysts and fans alike.