Posted: 9:24 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013
By Josh Kirkendall
Early in the first quarter, Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers tried to expose a small window to complete a third down pass to tight end Jermichael Finley. It initially looked like he caught the football, as he was diving to the turf. Instead George Iloka made contact and the football fell incomplete. Finley left the game with a concussion and never returned.
The league deemed it as a hit against a defensless receiver. Iloka disputes that.
"He was coming at me head first and I was just trying to make a play on the ball and knock it out with my hand and his head happened to hit my lower bicep area and caused a concussion," the second-year safety said.
"You can’t do anything but let them catch the ball," Iloka said. "Unless there’s a new rule that you have to let players catch the ball, you just have to eat that fine. I’d rather take whatever the fine is than let a guy make a big catch on third-and-whatever."