Zimmer: Hit on Rodgers not dirty: ‘Sometimes things happen’

Zimmer: Hit on Rodgers not dirty: ‘Sometimes things happen’

Minnesota Vikings head coach doesn’t get why there’s so much scrutiny on linebacker Anthony Barr’s hit on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers on Sunday, leaving Rodgers with a broken collarbone.

“We’re playing football,” Zimmer said Monday, per ESPN. “It’s unfortunate that he got hurt but I think everything was above board. We’re not a dirty football team. We’ll never be a dirty football team as long as I’m here. We’re going to play within the rules and sometimes things happen.”

Packers coach Mike McCarthy disagrees with that assessment, feeling the hit was definitely unnecessary

“He’s out of the pocket, he’s clearly expecting to get hit, but to pin him to the ground like that, I think was an illegal act,” he said. “I didn’t like the hit. It was totally unnecessary in my opinion.”