TOM WITHERS, AP Sports Writer
BEREA, Ohio (AP) — Browns wide receiver delivered a few verbal shots at Tennessee running back Antonio Andrews for posting a video of his vicious hit that hospitalized Cleveland safety Jordan Poyer.
Andrews nailed Poyer with a devastating, illegal blindside hit on a punt return in Sunday’s game. Poyer suffered a lacerated kidney and spent two nights in a Nashville hospital before he was discharged and returned to Cleveland.
On Monday, Andrews posted the video of his hit on Instagram — while Poyer was still in the hospital — with the caption: “Relentless.”
Pryor said that was over the line.
“It kind of angered me,” Pyror said Wednesday. “If you’re going head up with a man face to face and he sees you, you see him, all right, cool.
“But if you’re a special teams guy and you’re popping that stuff on there like you’re some type of superhero or something just because you’re hitting a guy blindsided and you think that’s cool, that’s where the problem comes in.
“So I think he should stay to his special teams and what he does and don’t post stuff when a man’s not looking and taking a hit like that.”
Poyer also responded on Twitter to Andrews’ video, asking him why he would post it on social media. Andrews commented that it’s a “contact sport” but did tell Poyer to “get well soon.”
Pryor agreed the hit was within what’s accepted in the NFL, but feels Andrews’ boasting is intolerable.
“Obviously it’s a game,” Pryor said. “I was fine with it (the hit) because it’s a game, it’s what happens. We put ourselves in that situation by signing the contract to play here.
“But the only thing that I didn’t like was when the guy posted about it bragging — relentless. What is relentless about that? Hitting a guy, another man when he’s not looking. I don’t want to get into it because right now it’s about Cincinnati, but I love Poyer like a brother and that really angered me.”
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