Joseph, Montgomery go toe-to-toe

December, 4, 2012
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LANDOVER, Md. -- There was only one turnover at FedEx Field on Monday night -- a fumble by Redskins running back Alfred Morris deep in Giants territory, which could have been very costly.

But the real fireworks occurred after the fumble.

Giants linebacker Keith Rivers recovered the fumble. But amidst the pile of bodies fighting for the loose ball, Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph and Redskins offensive lineman Will Montgomery got tangled up, and then some.

On the television replay, it appears Joseph was trying to drag Montgomery out of the pile by his leg. Montgomery retaliated by kicking Joseph in the groin area, and then Joseph responded by attempting to stomp on Montgomery's chest. Joseph definitely didn't connect with Montgomery full-on, but he may still have made some contact with Montomery's side.

The officials eventually broke up the skirmish between the two teams, and assessed offsetting unnecessary roughness penalties on Joseph and Redskins O-lineman Kory Lichtensteiger, who was also in the middle of the mess.

After the game, Joseph insisted he did not stomp on Montgomery. "It took me everything not to hit him back, because I didn’t want to hurt the team," Joseph said.

But the NFL could still review the play and issue further punishment.

"It's up to the league," Joseph said. "I guess we'll see on Wednesday."
Kieran Darcy is an ESPNNewYork.com staff writer. He joined ESPN in August 2000 after graduating from the University of Pennsylvania, where he played four years of JV basketball.
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