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Ex-Player Says Defensive Linemen Will Try to Injure Drew Brees This Season

Former Player Says Defensive Linemen Will Try and Injure Drew Brees Next Year
TJ Houshmandzadeh: “The apology in my opinion was PR, and he HAD to do that. He might have felt in his heart that he made a mistake but I don’t know Drew Brees personally… There’s going to be a ton of guys who are just never going to go all in with Brees because of that comment. You made that comment at the height of this when you had years to think about what your response would be and that’s the response you give? In the climate that we’re in?? There is gonna be a ton of people who say ‘nahhh, bruh’… Before he made this comment, he knew all this existed, so why in-turn would he say that? You don’t think a defensive lineman will take a 15-yard penalty just to hit him late and prove a point to him? He’s going to face that this season. They’re going to have to protect him or it’s going to be teammates defending him and that will be interesting how that happens. You know the offensive line always goes in to fight when their quarterback gets hit late, and it will be interesting to see if it takes place.” (Full Audio Segment Above)

Listen to former NFL wide receiver TJ Houshmandzadeh explain to Doug Gottlieb why he believes opposing defensive linemen will go out of their way to deliver extra punishment to Drew Brees this season because of Brees’ controversial comments that appeared to show resistance to players protesting on the field during the National Anthem.

The comments were met with much contempt, as the honest remarks that were meant to be thoughtful and emotional admittances about his love for the pregame moment uncomfortably crossed over with not only Colin Kaepernick’s kneeling during the National Anthem to bring awareness to police brutality, but also coincided with the killing of George Floyd last week while in police custody.

Check out the audio above as Houshmandzadeh details to Gottlieb why many players, even Brees' own teammates, will never forgive Brees for what he said, and added that you could definitely see some cheap shots after the whistle on Brees in 2020.

Houshmandzadeh spent 12 seasons in the NFL as one of the better wide receivers in the league. He totalled 7,237 yards for his career with 44 touchdowns, and had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in 2006 and 2007 for powerful Cincinnati Bengals teams with Carson Palmer and Chad Johnson. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 2007.

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