On Monday the Bills signed free agent LB Zach Brown to address a need at inside linebacker. Brown comes to Buffalo with a dubious distinction from his play last season as it pertained to the Bills fortunes in 2015.
Brown is the Tennessee Titans linebacker who was responsible for injuring QB Tyrod Taylor on his 23-yard scramble for a first down in the 14-13 win in Nashville last season. Taylor suffered a sprained MCL on the play, though he finished the game.
Appearing on the John Murphy Show, Brown said it was never his intent to injure Taylor’s knee on the play.
“I remember that game,” Brown said. “I was guarding Clay and I just happened to turn around and I saw him running and I said to myself let me get him down before he got the first down. I rolled up on the back of his knee.”
Brown was flagged for a horse collar tackle on the play even though he did not horse collar tackle Taylor. Brown grabbed more of Taylor’s name plate on the back of his jersey, which now under a new NFL rule will be deemed a penalty.
“That’s where that new rule came from,” said Brown. “You can’t grab anybody by the name plate anymore. Tyrod is a real good scrambler. He can get out of sticky situations. With him you’ve got to keep him in the pocket. He can throw too, but when he can run he’s a dangerous guy because he’s very fast.”
Taylor would miss the next two games, two games that Buffalo would lose against Cincinnati and Jacksonville.
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