The optics of Kayvon Thibodeaux celebrating next to a visibly injured Nick Foles obviously is not great.
But one of Thibodeaux's teammates thinks it's obvious the rookie was unaware of what was happening around him.
The New York Giants defensive end injured the Colts quarterback in the second quarter of Sunday’s game. Thibodeaux brought Foles down with a blindside hit, leaving the veteran quarterback on the ground in pain.
After making the hit, Thibodeaux celebrated by rolling over and making fake snow angels on the field, right next to a visibly in pain Foles.
Thibodeaux said after the game he was unaware Foles was hurt. Colts interim head coach Jeff Saturday, even with a day to cool down, clearly wasn't pleased, castigating Thibodeaux on Monday.
"Tasteless from the celebration afterward," Saturday said Monday afternoon. "Just trash. Not a fan of it at all."
Saturday also took issue with his offensive linemen and other Colts players for not stepping in and having Foles’ back in the moment. Whichever frustration was prevailing for Saturday, Giants safety Julian Love said Tuesday on “Tiki and Tierney” that it was clear Thibodeaux was unaware that Foles was injured.
“He didn’t know that he was hurt, that was very obvious that he didn’t know,” Love said. “The reaction from the coach is weird, I think that’s just him maybe being an O-lineman and being very protective of the quarterback. That’s what you do, you defend your guys, same way our guys defended Daniel Jones when he got hit while he was attempting to slide. We don’t pay attention to it, I’m sure Kayvon pays zero attention to it. So yeah, that’s a weird comment to make.”
Foles was diagnosed with a rib injury and is out for the Colts’ regular season finale. Sam Ehlinger will start in his place, with Matt Ryan backing up.
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