The NFL on Monday made the right call regarding Quandre Diggs’ hit on N’Keal Harry.
The Seahawks safety was ejected Sunday night after delivering a head-to-head hit on the Patriots receiver toward the end of the first quarter. It was a play that set the tone for what wound up being a “Sunday Night Football” classic between Seattle and New England.
The NFL on Monday reportedly elected not to suspend Diggs for the hit, though a fine remains possible.
From NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero:
Again, that’s the right call.
Did the play look bad? Yes. Is Harry fortunate to have not suffered a head injury on the play? Also yes. Was the hit an example of the kind of play the NFL wants to remove from the game? Sure.
But there is a difference between a play that ends badly and a play that a player wanted to end badly. The game moves incredibly fast, and Diggs virtually had zero time to react in a manner that could have prevented a head-to-head collision. The outcome looked ugly, but the intent was innocuous — it was a football play.
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