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Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Green checks up on Massaquoi, weighs in on big hits

By now most everyone has seen the hit laid down on former Georgia receiver Mohamed Massaquoi last Sunday. Massaquoi, who may miss Cleveland's next game, was nailed by Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison, whom the NFL fined $75,000 a day later.

Georgia star receiver A.J. Green, expected to join them in the NFL soon, said he texted with his former teammate Massaquoi a couple days ago, after seeing the play.

"I was like, 'You all right?' He said, 'Yeah I'm all right,'" Green said. "I said, 'Man I thought you were gone!' But he said he was all right."

The issue of hard hits has been a hot one this week in the NFL, which has indicated it will increase fines and perhaps suspensions for illegal hits. A lot of attention is on defenders going after receivers.

Green was asked what he thought of the issue.

"I hope I don't ever get to experience one of those, especially in the head like that," Green said. "But you know it comes with the game, you've just got to be prepared. I'll just try to cover up, whatever. I know I'll get a couple licks, it's the NFL. You've just gotta get up from it."

Green said he also saw the hit Atlanta's Dunta Robinson, an Athens native, laid on Philadelphia receiver DeSean Jackson. The hit knocked Jackson out of the game and drew a fine on Robinson, who went to South Carolina.

"That one definitely had me cringing, thinking about going across the middle," Green said. "Dunta, he's a small guy, but I don't know man, it's crazy out there. You just can't think about it."

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