San Diego Chargers defensive tackle Corey Liuget and Indianapolis Colts guard Hugh Thornton played together at the University of Illinois.
However, it didn’t stop Thornton from delivering a late hit against Liuget late in the fourth quarter of the Chargers’ 19-9 win over the Colts on Monday night.
The play brought a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on Thornton. Liuget hopes that’s the only penalty Thornton gets for the play.
“I don’t want him to get fined,” Liuget said, via Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune. “That’s still my (friend). … We spoke after the game. It was fine. He told me it wasn’t anything intentional, and we brushed it off. We’re fine.”
Trent Richardson dropped a screen pass from Andrew Luck but had the ball hop back into his hands off the bounce. Liuget was chasing down Richardson from behind and Thornton came from the middle of the field to delivered a blind side blow to Liuget, knocking him to the turf as the whistle finally sounded to blow the play dead.
Thornton could be fined as much as $21,000 for the play if the league determines Liuget was a defenseless player on the play.