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Penn: It wasn't a "mugging"

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December

The Redskins, especially coach Mike Shanahan, were upset following Sunday’s game that they felt Bucs left tackle Donald Penn held linebacker Brian Orakpo on the play in which Kellen Winslow caught the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter.

Shanahan even showed a photo of Penn’s alleged hold to a referee soon after the play.

"He wasn't held, he was mugged," Shanahan said.

Said Orakpo: “It was clear as day. I was shocked. That one was blatant.”

But Penn had a different take on the play, disagreeing he was holding, or “mugging” Orakpo. Penn said Orakpo had locked his arm up while making a move, and Penn couldn’t get his arm out.

“I didn’t think it was a mugging,” Penn said Wednesday. “The official has explained to me if a guy is ripping through with their arm, and your arm gets caught in there and you can’t get it out, they can’t call (the penalty). My arm was fully extended. It (wasn’t) like I had it around his neck or anything. I couldn’t get it out. He had it hooked. I wasn’t trying to (hold).

“I saw that little clip to, talking about how I ‘mugged’ him. You see how many times their (offensive line) was holding Stylez G. White and Michael Bennett on that last drive? It was ridiculous, they couldn’t block those guys.”

Penn called Orakpo a "great player," noting how he was able to get some hits on Freeman. But that didn't mean Penn agreed with the Redskins on that play.

-- JOE SMITH

joesmith@sptimes.com

 

[Last modified: Wednesday, December 15, 2010 12:38pm]

    

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