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Williams will appeal if fined for hit on Gerhart

Dec 03, 2012 -- 12:40am
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GREEN BAY – Tramon Williams doesn’t know if he’s going to get fined, but the Green Bay Packers cornerback knows this much: If he does, he’ll be appealing it.

Williams was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul for his hit on Minnesota Vikings running back Toby Gerhart during the Packers’ 23-14 victory Sunday, hitting Gerhart on the Packers’ sideline on an overthrown ball by quarterback Christian Ponder. When Gerhart went up for the errant throw, Williams delivered a hard hit

Asked what he could have done differently, Williams replied, “I don’t know. I don’t know. Truthfully, I don’t know. I looked at the replay, just like everybody else, and I just can’t see it.”

The replays shown from the NFL on FOX cameras certainly appeared to show Williams launching into Gerhart, who was considered a defenseless receiver on the play, and his helmet hitting Gerhart’s even though it appeared Williams was trying to hit with his shoulder.

Coach Mike McCarthy went absolutely ballistic on the Packers’ sideline over side judge Keith Washington’s call, especially after the Lambeau Field scoreboard showed the replay of the hit.

“I’ve never seen Coach like that,” Williams said. “I think he felt the same way we did about the call. Hopefully they do the right thing. That’s all I hope. I’m going to sit back and watch.”

The hit came one play before safety Morgan Burnett's second interception of Ponder, squelching the Vikings' threat. 

If fined, Williams would join linebacker Nick Perry (Oct. 7 hit on Indianapolis’ Andrew Luck), tight end Ryan Taylor (Nov. 4 block against Arizona) and safety Jerron McMillian (Nov. 28 hit on New York Giants tight end Martellus Bennett) and others as players fined by the league for hits.

Asked if he expected an envelope at his locker on Wednesday from FedEx containing notification from the NFL office on a fine, Williams replied, “I’m not expecting anything. Until I see it. But if it comes, obviously I’m appealing it. So it doesn’t matter.”

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