CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Josh Freeman had just thrown a game-changing interception, and Panthers safety Captain Munnerlyn was well on his way to the end zone.
But far away from the action, there was a sideshow going on. Defensive tackle Dwan Edwards, who had hit Freeman in the backfield and forced the bad throw, laid on top of Freeman, who remained down on the ground. With Freeman and Edwards starting to tussle, Freeman got a little backup from center Ted Larsen – in the form of a bulldozer-like hit as he plowed over Edwards.
Larsen drew a personal foul for the play, which comes with an automatic fine. But he still had no regrets.
"You can't do that," Larsen said. "You've just got to protect your quarterback all the time. You see your quarterback down there, obviously he can't get up, getting mugged. You've got to get him off."
Larsen is as quiet as they come. He rarely speaks above a loud whisper and tends to keep to himself. But if you ever wondered about his willingness to mix it up on behalf of his quarterback, Larsen put those doubts to rest today.