RENTON, Wash. – Many things can happen at the bottom of a pile. A finger to an eye, a twisted arm, a sucker punch, the list goes on.
At least according to Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers it does.
Rodgers accused Seattle Seahawks defensive end Darryl Tapp of biting him during the Packers’ 27-17 victory over the Seahawks last season, an allegation Tapp steadfastly denies.
“He’s not my concern as far as if I bit him or not, because it didn’t happen,” Tapp said.
“I don’t understand it. If he believes I bit him, send me the film, the exact play and I’ll apologize. I’m pretty sure it didn’t happen – pretty positive.”
Not only did Tapp deny the incident, but he also seemed puzzled as to the timing of Rodgers’ complaint.
“I know me personally, if someone were to bite me I wouldn’t wait a whole year to bring it up to somebody to get it handled.”
During the fourth quarter of the game, Rodgers was sacked by Brian Russell with Tapp ending up at the bottom of the pile as well. Rodgers drove Tapp’s head into the turf as he got up from the pile and looked to his left arm, clearly bothered by something.
“It felt like a bee sting,” Rodgers said Wednesday. “I was looking down, and he was biting my arm, so I had to get his teeth off my shoulder. Luckily, I was wearing a long sleeve.”
The jovial Tapp was confounded as to how his mouth could have come anywhere near Rodgers’ arm because he wears a fully caged helmet.
To illustrate his point, Tapp then put his helmet on, buckled the chin strap and attempted to bite the arm of a volunteering reporter.
“Where is it going in at?” Tapp asked the throng of reporters. “Somebody tell me. Please tell me. Not only did he say I bit him through the helmet, I had a mouthpiece on and he had sleeves and he ended up having a bruise for three months.
“I must have the strongest jaws of life. Somebody told me on Twitter I must have an extra mouth like in (“Alien”).”
Despite his fun-loving nature, Tapp was still obviously annoyed by Rodgers’ accusation.
“That’s my (reputation) you’re messing with,” Tapp said. “My (reputation) in the league. So we’ll get that taken care of.”
Tapp has only two sacks this season for a defense that has consistently struggled to pressure quarterbacks.
Seattle is tied for 22nd in the league with only 27 sacks.
Does he plan on bringing it up to Rodgers on Sunday?
“I’m gonna play ball as usual and try to get a win,” Tapp said. “That’s the most important thing. After we get a win and do what we need to do, then I might bring it up. First things first, we got to focus on handling these guys and trying to shut him down as a passer.”
Seahawks coach Jim Mora said it was “very unlikely” that wide receiver Nate Burleson (ankle) would play Sunday. Linebacker Aaron Curry (shoulder) is doubtful after not practicing Thursday. Running back Julius Jones (rib) fully participated in practice and should play Sunday. Wide receiver Ben Obomanu (hamstring) did not practice after his hamstring tightened. Mora said if Obomanu can’t play they may need to make a roster move to get another wide receiver active for the game. “We’d make that decision Saturday. We’d need to probably get another receiver up ready to go. It would be tough to go into a game with three,” Mora said. … The Seahawks will hold only a walkthrough practice today to give players and coaches a chance to be with their families on Christmas.
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