Indianapolis Colts safety Matthias Farley has denied that he was trying to injure Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant with a hit during a recent preseason game on Saturday evening, according to Zak Keefer of The Indy Star. Leading to such comments from the Colts defender, Bryant said afterward that he thought the hit was intentional.
“I was already on the ground,” said Bryant. “It is what it is. My foot was already bent. … [Farley] just came in and hit me.”
The wide out also said that Farley was trying to hurt him.
“I feel better about my body and my ability on the field. I don’t have to worry about taking so many injuries from different plays like yesterday where he tried to hurt me,” said the 25-year-old pass catcher. “Just making sure my body feels good and I stay in shape.”
However, Farley had a different account.
“I have no ill-will towards anybody,” said Farley. “I’m not trying to hurt anybody.”
The 25-year-old defensive back stated that he would never try to ruin the livelihood of another player.
“You play from snap to whistle,” he added. “Everybody works so hard to get to the NFL, there’s no part of me or anybody else that would intentionally hurt anybody.”
While Bryant is returning from a year-long drug suspension, Farley is entering his second season with the Colts. He went undrafted in 2016, but eventually made his way to Indianapolis as a free agent. Both the Steelers and the Colts will each play one more preseason game, with Pittsburgh taking on the Carolina Panthers on Thursday and Indianapolis hosting the Cincinnati Bengals on the same night.