Bills call alleged racial slur by Richie Incognito 'a misunderstanding'

Days after Jaguars defensive end Yannick Ngakoue accused Bills guard Richie Incognito of using "racist slurs" during last Sunday's Wild-Card matchup, Buffalo general manager Brandon Beane called the situation a "misunderstanding."

"There was definitely an exchange," Beane said Tuesday during the Bills' end-of-season news conference, via's Mike Rodak. "I think there's a misunderstanding of what was said. ... From what I understand, it was a little bit of on-the-field stuff, back and forth."

Beane, who said the team is still gathering information about what happened, added that Incognito has tried to contact Ngakoue about the conversation.

Ngakoue took to Twitter on Sunday night to first call out Incognito.

On Monday, Ngakoue was asked if Incognito used the N-word.

"I don't remember, but, he said what he said," the Jaguars defensive end said. "He knows what he said. I don't gotta repeat it."

Meanwhile, Ngakoue's teammate, Calais Campbell said that the Bills were talking so much trash he thinks they may have been instructed to do so.

Incognito, who arrived in Buffalo with plenty of baggage, had the full support of fellow Bills offensive lineman Dion Dawkins.

Bills coach Sean McDermott, who took the team to the playoffs for the first time since 1999, would only offer this: "They won the game. The whole situation to me is very unfortunate, and I'll just leave it at that."

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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