NFL: NY players didn’t hit Williams illegally



SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The NFL says there were no illegal hits by the Super Bowl-bound New York Giants on 49ers return man Kyle Williams during the NFC championship game.

Williams fumbled a punt in overtime of San Francisco’s 20-17 loss Sunday, and the misplay set up Lawrence Tynes’ winning field goal. Afterward, New York’s Jacquian Williams and Devin Thomas indicated they were trying to hit Williams given his history of concussions, including the most recent one sustained Dec. 24 at Seattle.

League spokesman Greg Aiello says there were “no illegal hits to the head or neck area against Kyle Williams on Sunday.”

Williams’ agent, Ken Sarnoff, says the second-year pro is aware of the Giants’ postgame comments but is done speaking publicly and is ready to move forward toward the 2012 season.