Vikings linebacker Anthony Barr defended himself Friday against accusations that his hit that injured Aaron Rodgers was dirty or illegal, but he understands why Packers players and coaches would hold that opinion.

After throwing a pass in the first quarter of last Sunday’s game at Minnesota, Rodgers was driven into the U.S. Bank Stadium turf and broke his collarbone. He may miss the rest of the season.

"By no means was I trying or take out Aaron Rodgers,” Barr said, via Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “He’s one of, if not the best player in this league. I’m not a dirty player."

He added, "I don’t play dirty. We don’t preach that around here. It’s unfortunate, the injury. I hate to see anybody get hurt.''

Barr's comments mirrors those made by Vikes coach Mike Zimmer on Monday.

"We're playing football," Zimmer said. "It's unfortunate that he got hurt but I think everything was above board. We're not a dirty football team. We'll never be a dirty football team as long as I'm here. We're going to play within the rules and sometimes things happen."

Rodgers jawed at Barr as he walked off the field, and Packers coach Mike McCarthy was also among those who voiced displeasure about the hit.