Saturday called Thibodeaux’s celebration “tasteless” and “trash” during his Monday press conference, and added that he’s upset his own linemen didn’t do anything after the play.
Saturday also said that Foles would not play in the Colts’ final game of the season.
Colts’ center Ryan Kelly was more direct than his head coach, saying, “Hopefully his teammates will — maybe one day he’ll learn that injuries happen in this league, you never want to to happen to the guy that you’re going against. That’s just horse****.”
It came following a completely unblocked pass rush from Kayvon Thibodeaux left Colts’ QB Nick Foles injured and shaking on the ground. The hit itself was clean, but Thibodeaux’s “snow angel” celebration raised eyebrows, as did his “put to bed” motion while trainers were huddled around the prone Foles.
Kayvan Thibodeaux doing the “go to sleep” celebration while Nick Foles is getting checked for injury pic.twitter.com/8u28zGBj7n— Gifdsports (@gifdsports) January 1, 2023
For his own part, Thibodeaux claimed ignorance of the injury, saying, “I mean, after a sack, you celebrate. I think that, when I did realize he was hurt, we started getting up. When you’re doing the celebration, you’re not looking to see who’s doing what. I hope he gets well and I hope he’s alright, obviously.”
Giants head coach Brian Daboll backed up his player, saying, “I’m quite sure he didn’t know that the player was hurt. Kayvon’s a good young man.”
Regardless of whether or not Thibodeaux was aware of the injury, the image of Thibodeaux celebrating next to a convulsing Foles is an ugly one. We’ll have to wait and see if anything other than harsh words come of it.