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Matt Slauson thinks about block on Brian Cushing “all the time”
Solid offensive linemen usually operate under the radar.
Matt Slauson, who started 48 of 51 games for the New York Jets, was one of those linemen.
But during an October game between the Jets and Houston Texans, Slauson delivered a low, blindside block that took down inside linebacker Brian Cushing.
Texans defensive coordinator Wade Phillips said the block was “unnecessary.”
Slauson was fined $10,000 for an illegal peel-back block.
Asked if he still thinks about that play, Slauson said, “I do.
“I think about it all the time. It was just unfortunate the way it happened, Brian getting hurt. I didn’t want it to happen. I was just trying to do whatever I could to win. And unfortunately, it worked out very badly.
It was a frowned upon block. But I think about it all the time, and I’m really sorry the guy got hurt for it.”
Slauson said it’s hard for an offensive lineman to think specifically about a peel back block “because you’re very seldom in that spot.”
Slauson said he got Cushing’s phone number from Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.
“I tried,” Slauson said of calling the linebacker. “But it didn’t work out. I wanted to let him know that I was really sorry. I heard he’s a great guy, and I wish him all the best, and I’m sure I’m going to be seeing on the field again.”