D.J. Swearinger's response to Larry Fitzgerald complaint of low hit

Chris Lingebach
September 10, 2018 - 1:22 pm

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D.J. Swearinger isn't taking any chances with the NFL's new tackling rule.

Swearinger – who will be appearing on 106.7 The Fan each day after Redskins games this season – told Grant Paulsen and Danny Rouhier he didn't have any trouble adjusting to the new rule in Washington's season opener.

"I actually kind of adjusted my game over the past years, especially not leading with the helmet, especially when I first came out of college," he said. "I think they kind of made the rule for me."

Swearinger says he caught some flack from Larry Fitzgerald for a tackle he made late in Sunday's game, when Swearinger cut the Cardinals receiver down at the legs.

"I actually had an incident yesterday when I made a hit on Larry low," Swearinger said. "I kind of chopped him down. And Larry gets up, he tells me, 'Please don't do that to me, D.J.'

"And I'm like, 'Larry, are you going to pay my fine, man? When you come across the middle, I can't help you.' I've got to do what's best within the rules."

"I just chopped him down," he said. "It was kinda like, 'Man, don't do that!'

"But I'm like, man, I gotta do it just because to save my money. I can't hit nobody up high. That's just the rules in the game now."

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