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Brad Wing: I was tackling with no eyes
The Giants punter was part of a crucial sequence at the end of New York's 52-49 loss to the Saints last Sunday. On a late punt, Wing did not punt the ball out of bounds, and after Saints return man Marcus Murphy fumbled the ball, Wing grabbed the facemask of Saints wide receiver Willie Snead, who recovered the fumble. However, Wing says that Snead shoved his facemask using his left hand, which the replay footage supports.
"It definitely turned my head away from him,’’ said Wing, the Australian who was acquired prior to the season in a trade with the Steelers to replace veteran Steve Weatherford. "You go back and watch it, you can see it clear as day. When I tackled him, I was tackling with no eyes. I guess that’s why my hand ended up around the helmet area. Just unfortunate, the timing of it and what led soon after.
"I don’t even know the rules, if there’s two facemasks, how it plays off. I definitely got a hand in my facemask, too. There’s a lot going on for the refs, you can’t expect them to make everything.’’
Wide receiver Victor Cruz still has no timetable to return to the field. He has yet to play this season.
Cornerback Trevin Wade has an interesting second profession during the offseason.
Hall of Fame wide receiver Tim Brown says that Odell Beckham Jr. reminds him of himself during his days in the NFL.
Weston Richburg continues his ascent this year as one of the NFL's best centers.
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