League Considers Violation a Serious Offense
Atlanta Falcons’ safety Ricardo Allen has been suspended by the NFL following a hit on Indianapolis Colts’ wide receiver Michael Pittman Jr. during their recent game. The incident occurred while Pittman was diving for a pass from Colts’ quarterback Gardner Minshew, resulting in a concussion for the receiver. The NFL’s vice president of football operations, Jon Runyan, addressed a letter to Allen, expressing the severity of the violation.
Unnecessary and Dangerous Contact
In the letter, Runyan stated, “The video of the play shows that you delivered a forcible blow to the head/neck area of Colts’ receiver Michael Pittman Jr., who was in a defenseless posture. You had an unobstructed path to your opponent, and the illegal contact could have been avoided.” Runyan deemed Allen’s actions as flagrant, leading to his disqualification from the game.
Repercussions for Repeat Offenses
Allen’s suspension comes as a result of repeated violations of the league’s rules regarding player safety. He had already been fined four times this season for infractions such as “impermissible use of the helmet” or a “hit to a defenseless receiver.” The NFL deems it necessary to impose more substantial penalties when players repeatedly endanger opposing players and pose a significant risk of injury.
Potential Appeal and Game Absence
Kazee has the option to appeal the suspension. However, if the suspension stands, he will be forced to miss upcoming games against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Seattle Seahawks, and Baltimore Ravens, as well as any potential playoff games. The absence of Allen, known for his defensive prowess, could significantly impact the Falcons’ performance on the field.
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