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Tashaun Gipson 'showed no mercy' on hit that injured EJ Manuel

By Tim Graham

CLEVELAND -- Tashaun Gipson took out EJ Manuel with a low hit Thursday night in FirstEnergy Stadium.

The Buffalo Bills announced Manuel's right knee is sprained. We don't yet know how serious the injury is, but Manuel's absence for much of the second half surely helped send Buffalo to its doom, a 37-24 loss.

In interviews after the Thursday night's game, Gipson insisted he didn't mean to hurt Manuel.

But the Cleveland Browns defensive back was unapologetic.

"I showed no mercy," Gipson said in a Willoughby News-Herald story. "I'm not a dirty player. I didn't try to hurt him intentionally, but it's a physical sport. ... That's the way it is."

Manuel scrambled 14 yards for a first down along the Bills' sideline. He could have stepped out of bounds, but was trying to pick up extra yardage when Gipson dove at Manuel's legs. It was a legit tackle.

Here is Gipson's explanation of the play in an article:

"First and foremost, it's the game of football. Things like that happen. I definitely don't intentionally try to hurt anybody. I wouldn't dare do that. I'm not that kind of player. It's the game of football. Our QB took a shot. Their QB took a shot. Not to say that we were trying to go one for one, but it's the game of football.

"He's running around on the sidelines. He could have gotten out of bounds. He didn't. So it's my job to bring the ball carrier down."

In an Akron Beacon-Journal story, Gipson said, "My prayers go out to him. Hopefully, it's not too serious. At the same time, it's the game of football. It's intense. It's grown-man football."

Gipson conceded his gloating gesture over a fallen Manuel wouldn't be accepted kindly by the Bills.

"My gesture at the end probably didn't suit it well," Gipson said.


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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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