Los Angeles Chargers linebacker Uchenna Nwosu has again apologized to Buffalo Bills running back Taiwan Jones.
Nwosu hit Jones after Jones' helmet was knocked off Sunday.
Nwosu said in a text message to NFL Media's Ian Rapoport that he did "not realize that his helmet had come off" and his "intention is never to hurt anyone."
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) September 17, 2018
Jones recovered a muffed punt by Marcus Murphy in the end zone. He was hit, leading to his helmet coming off. He spun and took a shot from Nwosu, who was flagged for unnecessary roughness.
The official did not appear to immediately blow the play dead after Jones' helmet came off. The play was ruled a touchback, per the NFL rules on muffed punt recoveries in the end zone by the receiving team.
The front of the white headband that Jones was wearing was red with blood as he got up and walked off the field with the training staff.
Coach Sean McDermott said Monday that Jones does not have a concussion. The wound required several stitches. McDermott said Jones was bruised and cut up.
"It almost was a very unfortunate situation, and it's unfortunate as it stands," McDermott said. "I’m just glad and thankful that Taiwan is OK. That could have been very bad. I would have hoped (the play) would have been stopped. Player safety is A No. 1 and needs to be going forward."
McDermott declined to discuss whether the penalty called on Nwosu was the right call.
"I felt like it was a clean play because it was bang-bang," McDermott said. "Nobody wants to see someone hit someone who has his helmet off. It was bang-bang from a timing standpoint. ... I just hope everyone is doing best they can to put player safety first."