Minnesota Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr says he had to intention to injure Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who officially reported to the Packers' IR list on Friday with his broken collarbone.
"By no means was I trying to injure or take out Aaron Rodgers," Barr told ESPN Friday. "He's one of, if not, the best player in this league. I'm not a dirty player. I don't play dirty. We don't preach that around here.
"It's unfortunate, the injury. I hate to see anybody get hurt. It's a gift and a privilege to be able to play on the field each week, so I would never try and take that away from anybody, let alone one of the best players in our game."
Barr was the subject of strong criticism from Packers coach Mike McCarthy earlier this week and received immense backlash from fans on social media during the game.
"When I got back to my phone at halftime, I had like 3,000 notifications," Barr said. "Mostly not too kind words. I get it. I understand where they're coming from."
The NFL on Friday deemed Barr's hit legal by not fining him. The league, however, did hand down a $9,115 fine for his head-butt of Packers wide receiver.