Washington Football Team starting quarterback Kyle Allen suffered a dislocated ankle and a small fracture on the third possessions of the game against the New York Giants and safety Jabrill Peppers insisted after the game his intention wasn't to hurt Allen.
"Everything happened so fast," Peppers said, per ESPN. "I tried to just bull rush the running back, but he kind of got under me a little bit and I tried to like spin out of it. It was a weird kind of play. I didn't intentionally try to leg whip him or whatever the penalty was.
I was just trying to play hard and get him on the ground." Allen was replaced by Alex Smith, who was out for the past two seasons after suffering one of the most gruesome injuries ever seen on a football field in November 2018.
"A ton of emotions going on for me right then," Smith said. "I knew Kyle was down and knew it was serious once he stayed down. You get ready to roll and all of a sudden you see them bringing out an air cast and the cart.
I know that routine well. I'm trying to lock it in, but feeling for Kyle."
Allen to be replaced by Smith in the starting lineup
"I'm enjoying every single day and I've continued to progress and get better," Smith said.
"I'm thankful for that. It's another step. I'm incredibly bummed for Kyle. ... For me, I'm going full steam ahead. I'm not thinking about any other stuff. I'm going to run with this opportunity." Smith completed 24-of-32 passes for 325 yards, one touchdown and three interceptions as the Giants won 23-20 after the game-clinching interception late in the fourth quarter by their defensive back Logan Ryan.
"I was very pleased with [Smith's performance]," Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera said. "It was exciting to watch him get out there and do what he did. Unfortunately, with the interceptions, he tried to make things happen and unfortunately bad things happened."
Washington Football Team wide receiver Terry McLaurin, who finished the game with seven catches made for 115 yards and one touchdown, said he was "hurt" after Allen suffered an injury early in the game. "That hurt me because Kyle's been a guy who came in and was just trying to be ready for his moment," McLaurin said. "The last few weeks, he was helping us get into a rhythm."