Jacksonville Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue reiterated his statement Monday that Bills guard Richie Incognito directed racial slurs at him during Sunday's playoff game.
Meanwhile, Bills offensive linemen expressed support for Incognito while acknowledging they could not be aware of everything that was said on the field during the game in Jacksonville.
"I've been playing this game for 12, 13 years and have never heard anything like that,” Ngakoue told reporters in Jacksonville. "You hear all type of stuff. Stuff's not going to bother you, but somebody says something about your ethnicity, that's really kind of taking it a little bit too far.
"I'm all with trash talk. It's part of the game, but you can't say certain things."
Ngakoue declined to elaborate on the specifics of the comments or at what point during the game they were made, but when asked by reporters if Incognito called him the N-word, Ngakoue said he did not remember.
"He said what he said, he knows what he said. I don't gotta repeat it."
The second-year Jaguar said Incognito’s comments show that work still needs to be done within the NFL on social issues and players need to use their platform to make a difference.
"When I go on the field I respect everybody 100 percent," he said. "I don't care what skin color you are, I don't care what you believe or nothing."
Incognito was among a handful of Bills players who did not enter the locker room during the 75-minute period it was open to the media Monday morning. Incognito did not respond to a text message.
An NFL spokesman said Monday that the league is looking into the allegations.
"I played next to Richie the entire game, and from what I heard, Richie did not say one thing out of line," said Dion Dawkins, the Bills' left tackle. "And if he did, I would have been the first person to say so to Richie."
"I didn't hear anything," Bills center Eric Wood said. "It was chippy out there but I didn't hear anything. I know Dion tweeted something that he didn't hear it. Richie's done a lot in the past few years to restore his image and I hope it's not all thrown away off of speculation or whatever. But honestly I didn't hear it so I can't speak either way on it."
Dawkins said he takes such accusations seriously.
"I would have been one of the first people to basically check him on it because there's race – there's a lot of things going on in this country," Dawkins said. "There's boundaries. If he did overstep I would have said something. But as far as I knew, he did his thing."
Dawkins agreed that the game was "chippy."
"It's a playoff game, the entire game people are playing to kill," Dawkins said, metaphorically. "So it was very hot on that field. But it was all ball."
Jaguars defensive end Calais Campbell said Bills players were talking extensively during the game.
"There were a lot of guys talking, like it was coached, to try and get us to lose our cool," he told reporters in Jacksonville. "I understand wanting to give yourself an advantage but there are boundaries. You don’t go to racial slurs. That’s not OK."
Incognito's history increases attention on the claim. The Bills' three-time Pro Bowler was suspended the last eight games of the 2013 season by the NFL for playing a role in the Miami bullying scandal targeted at former Dolphins lineman Johnathan Martin. An NFL report on the scandal detailed harassment toward Martin on the Miami team that included some racial slurs.