One other NFL player threw punches at a player carrying a helmet, and as regular, it turned out worse for the puncher.
Colts linebacker Matthew Adams was ejected from Indianapolis’ Week 12 recreation in opposition to the Titans for punching a Tennessee player during a punt return. It follows a small development during the 2020 season that is additionally featured Bears’ receiver Javon Wims ejected for punching an opponent during a recreation, whereas Saints’ receiver Michael Thomas was suspended by New Orleans for a recreation for reportedly punching a teammate in observe.
Here is the play Sunday that acquired Adams ejected:
The punt passed off late within the first half. As Adams tried to take off down the sphere, Titans linebacker Nick Dzubnar mainly threw Adams to the bottom. Adams acquired up and virtually instantly threw a right-left jab combo at Dzubnar’s helmet earlier than persevering with down the sphere with a play.
Whereas a single unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for punching would not equal an automatic ejection, the referees can deem a selected act flagrant to eject the player. That is what occurred on this play with Adams.
Adams was a seventh-round draft choose in 2018 out of Houston. He is been with the Colts for three seasons and made a complete of 44 tackles. He is been concerned in penalty battle earlier than, with a penalized preseason hit in 2018 inflicting Adams to tweet “HARDEST LEGAL HIT YOU EVER SEEN!” He was additionally fined on two separate events late within the 2018 season for pointless roughness penalties.
Following Adams’ ejection, he preferred a tweet with a video of his punch on Twitter.
Dzubnar, Adams’ reverse No. 49 who took the punches, is in his sixth NFL season after going undrafted out of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo. There’s nothing to counsel a previous battle between these two foes, though a good divisional race between Tennessee and Indianapolis would possibly’ve been all it took to trigger Adams to swing.