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Charles Woodson avoids ejection after punching David Thomas

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Packers cornerback Charles Woodson was surprisingly not ejected on Thursday night after punching Saints tight end David Thomas.

Thomas blocked Woodson on a running play, and Woodson seemed to think Thomas was continuing to block after the play was over. So Woodson hauled off and delivered what announcer Cris Collinsworth called “an uppercut down low.”

It initially appeared that Woodson punched Thomas in the groin, although replays showed that he actually connected to Thomas’s abdomen. Either way, punching an opposing player usually results in an ejection, and it’s surprising that the officials let Woodson keep playing. The Packers were assessed a 15-yard penalty for Woodson’s punch.

Saints coach Sean Payton was gesturing to the officials that they should kick Woodson out of the game, and former NFL head of officiating Mike Pereira wrote on Twitter that Woodson should have been ejected. They’re right: Woodson is extremely lucky that he wasn’t thrown out.

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  1. tjacks7 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:15 PM

    Dirty play by Woodson, no doubt about it. Ref was 3 feet away, saw it, threw the flag, but still no ejection? Huh?

  2. ratsofftoya says: Sep 8, 2011 11:15 PM

    What a prick!

  3. riverhorsey says: Sep 8, 2011 11:17 PM

    the ref wasn’t even thinking but that’s been typical on NFL refs.

    they should of reviewed and kicked him out.

  4. myspaceyourface says: Sep 8, 2011 11:17 PM

    If he doesn’t get a $75,000 fine for that James Harrison get a free one on Flacco this Sunday.

  5. drmonkeyarmy says: Sep 8, 2011 11:19 PM

    He should be suspended next week.

  6. jmat40 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:20 PM

    His name is Charles Woodson not James Harrison.

  7. obxastronaut says: Sep 8, 2011 11:21 PM

    As a Packers fan, that was unacceptable… but we all do things we regret later – im sure he will

  8. benh999 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:24 PM

    Those hicks in GB would’ve rioted if he was ejected. Smart no-call.

  9. wtfru2 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:24 PM

    Well if Goodell does what he’s supposed to, he will suspend the idiot for the next game. But he will look at all the money and just fine him. Watch!

  10. vincentbojackson says: Sep 8, 2011 11:24 PM

    Say what you want, but Suh and James Harrison are called dirty players but you never see them throwing upper-cuts after the whistle.

  11. 6the6ringedsteelerslolatyouremptylittletrophycase7 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:28 PM

    Thüg!! 6 rings

  12. gmenmunny says: Sep 8, 2011 11:29 PM

    Cha – Ching!

    – What Fuhrer Godell is hearing.

  13. orthodoxdj says: Sep 8, 2011 11:30 PM

    Imagine if he had punched someone while in college! Goodell would drop the hammer!!!

  14. textexington says: Sep 8, 2011 11:31 PM

    Oh well ladies. Go Pack Go!!!

  15. johnjosephyossarian says: Sep 8, 2011 11:33 PM

    I wish there was more punching and less penalties.

  16. thejuddstir says: Sep 8, 2011 11:36 PM

    Hey….it’s the Packer way….hold, hit, bite, before the play, during the play or after the play! The shame of it all is the lousey officiating, and Woodson not getting ejected. Goodell needs to suspend Woodson and the ref.

  17. thehatefulnerd says: Sep 8, 2011 11:37 PM

    Dude was all over Woody. As always, they call the flag on the guy who fights back.

  18. 6the6ringedsteelerslolatyouremptylittletrophycase7 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:39 PM

    Can a guy get a thumbs down?

  19. hard2getausername says: Sep 8, 2011 11:41 PM

    “an upper cut down low” isn’t necessarily an upper cut is it? A “lower cut” perhaps.

  20. snowpea84 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:45 PM

    Suspend him.

  21. shaggytoodle says: Sep 8, 2011 11:46 PM

    I expect more from the defensive leader of a team.

    The Packers defense got frustrated and it showed loud and clear right there. The guy was shoving on him after the play, but 2 wrongs don’t make a right.

    I won’t be suprised if he is suspended next week.

  22. fooath says: Sep 8, 2011 11:48 PM

    Yeah, should be suspended next game after this.

    Instead he’ll get slap on the wrist fine.

    He already gets away with mauling receivers on a regular basis. now gets away with this. disgusting.

  23. jumpinjoebuck says: Sep 8, 2011 11:52 PM

    Well the Packers got all the calls last posteason and in the Super Bowl… So why would it stop now?

  24. descendency says: Sep 8, 2011 11:56 PM

    Missed ejections should lead to 1 game suspensions.

  25. heyzeus143 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:56 PM

    he wears green and gold not black and gold – the new poster boys for the NEW NFL – low contact, passive defense, lots of scoring, thank you Roger you actually changed this sport, I’m so glad that those mean mean defensive backs are no longer allowed to light up the track star receivers as they freely zip across the field – remember NFL Films Crunch Course – say goodbye

  26. 3octaveFart says: Sep 8, 2011 11:58 PM

    “Sometimes we enforce the rules and sometimes we don’t”.

    Expect more of the same this year.
    Much more.

  27. snoqualmieterry says: Sep 8, 2011 11:58 PM

    Why would he be able to stay in the game? The ref made a mistake. Woodson should be fined and suspended, but the NFL won’t have the guts to do it.

  28. keeponhating says: Sep 8, 2011 11:58 PM

    Of course no ejection. he doesn’t play for Oakland anymore

  29. packfannchitown says: Sep 8, 2011 11:59 PM

    Bad reaction to a play he didn’t like. He’ll be fined accordingly.

    Meanwhile….

    1-0 BABY!

    Two SB winners collide, the better team wins…

    See y’all in Indy…

  30. keramidas21 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:59 PM

    The punch was not as bad as people are making it sound, but still, a punch is a punch. That was not like Woodson at all to do something like that.

  31. jerrod777 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:01 AM

    There’s no excuse for the ref missing that one. Woodson should get a one game suspension (get kicked out of the next game) since he didn’t get kicked out of this game. If I was a Saints fan, I would be upset, because his ejection could have impacted the outcome of the game being that it was so close.

  32. thephantomstranger says: Sep 9, 2011 12:01 AM

    The Packers have the officials in their back pocket because they’re the NFL’s darling.

  33. sippindasyzurp says: Sep 9, 2011 12:02 AM

    I hope they suspend him next game, cause there playing the panthers and everyone will calm down

  34. vbe2 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:02 AM

    Suspend him and suspend the ref that didn’t eject him.

  35. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:03 AM

    He’ll get fined. The only reason Goodell watches football is to hand out fines. Don’t worry……

  36. dwhitehurst says: Sep 9, 2011 12:03 AM

    Woodson needs to be punished and apologize. No call for that. (And yes, I say this as a Packer fan.)

  37. telergy says: Sep 9, 2011 12:03 AM

    He would’v e been ejected from the game, therefore he should be suspended one game.

  38. blizzard01 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:05 AM

    I LOVE the fact that the Saints are 0-1.

  39. oldbrowndawg says: Sep 9, 2011 12:05 AM

    Exhibit 4,356 in favor of the case for switching to professional refs. These amateurs have blown so many calls over the past few years that it’s impossible to keep track of them all. If you paid them like pros and held them accountable for such idiotic calls, this crap would diminish considerably.

  40. woodyg says: Sep 9, 2011 12:06 AM

    He got away with it because they all get away with it …… Once every 2 or 3 years a player is ejected for supposedly throwing a punch ……

    You don’t mess with a future HOF’er …….

  41. snnyjcbs says: Sep 9, 2011 12:06 AM

    The NFL likes to pick and choose what Teams they like to help by giving a little nudge one way or the other. Seymour Ejected, Woodson gets a pass. Was the game boring or what.

  42. Deb says: Sep 9, 2011 12:06 AM

    I was surprised at Woodson because that was really dirty … and he did it in a surreptitious way as though he was deliberately trying to hide it from the refs. But if they saw it or they wouldn’t have flagged him for the personal foul. Throwing a punch is an automatic ejection. But of course, Goodell wouldn’t want his opener marred by an ejection. And we know for Goodell the rules are all about public perception, not fair play. So instead of dealing with the penalty during the game as the rules require, he’ll probably fine Woodson after the fact. Then again, knowing Goodell … maybe not.

    It’s a shame because otherwise it was a fantastic game.

  43. furious76 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:07 AM

    Saw Woodson play in Denver a few years back, the game that Favre threw a TD to win it in OT.

    Woodson is one of the dirtiest players I have seen play, cameras miss quite a bit. Always holding and cheap-shotting the other team.

    At least a nice 20k fine is coming for him.

  44. sieg1234 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:07 AM

    Ridiculous. And how can the NFL justify suspending him or fining him now after not doing it to Suh in the preseason? Things should be judged on a case by case basis, but these 2 cases are pretty similar and yet will be handled COMPLETELY different.

  45. Steeler's Will says: Sep 9, 2011 12:08 AM

    Fun game to watch, Packers looked awesome. Props to Breesus and Sproles for keeping the Saints in it until the end, but gadzooks that D was putrid for the most part.

  46. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Sep 9, 2011 12:09 AM

    listen to you turds….this guy donates more money to charity to Michigan hospitals then you’ll make in 2 lifetimes. That said, should’ve been tossed…
    hicks in green bay…..?
    have you been to Lose-E-Ana……? i’m goin’ with a no.

  47. packerbacker12 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:09 AM

    “they should of reviewed and kicked him out.”

    I’m pretty sure nothing can be reviewed after the play is over.

  48. blackheld says: Sep 9, 2011 12:11 AM

    Well, obviously, using Suh Rules, Charles Woodson is a dirty player and should be suspended and fined, or even banned from football for his dirty play.

    Oh, wait…

    Charles Woodson plays for the World Champion Green Bay Packers. Thus, it’s okay for him to punch opposing players. It’s only players who don’t play for the Packers, Steelers and Bears who should get penalized, suspended and fined.

    Yes, well…there’s James Harrison, but every policy requires an exception, so people realize it’s *fair*. And, of course, you gotta absolutely bury those dirty practice squad guys…take about half their checks every week, til it’s paid, too. No one is exempt.

    Certainly glad we got that clarified, or there might have been a terrible mistake made.

    (sarcasm intended)

  49. rayguyreturns says: Sep 9, 2011 12:12 AM

    This I guarantee if C.Wood still played for Oakland and did that, he’d have been tossed. And in your hearts you know I’m right.

    There is a double standard in this league.

  50. icewalker946 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:12 AM

    Packer fan here…glad he wasn’t ejected…but he should have been.

  51. purpleisreallypinkyouknow says: Sep 9, 2011 12:14 AM

    they drink hurricanes instead of buying a toothbrush down there…who you kidding?

    who dat? (crickets on bourbon street)

    good luck in your sally division…..one and done, if Atlanta lets you in.

  52. sarge says: Sep 9, 2011 12:17 AM

    Roid rage. Test him. Then test Clay Matthew’s turds.

  53. devluc says: Sep 9, 2011 12:17 AM

    That was not a punch. The NO player was falling and Charles quickly supported him.

  54. dogsweat1 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:17 AM

    Packer Superiority rules!

  55. vbar119 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:22 AM

    Can you imagine if James Harrison would have done that? Ejection, 4 game suspension, and $50k fine…

  56. tangysizzl says: Sep 9, 2011 12:24 AM

    At least he was smart enough not to punch him in the helmet…

    I agree he should have been ejected but I can’t say I agree that he should be suspended. He should be heavily fined though.

  57. jimmysee says: Sep 9, 2011 12:26 AM

    benh999 says:
    Sep 8, 2011 11:24 PM

    Those hicks in GB would’ve rioted if he was ejected. Smart no-call.

    ————————————————————–

    Those hicks have the Lombardi trophy.

  58. scudbot says: Sep 9, 2011 12:27 AM

    The refs ignored the action that caused the reaction. So did the networks. The maddeningly random way that rules are applied will kill pro football.

  59. davikes says: Sep 9, 2011 12:27 AM

    The Packers play Carolina next week. They could suspend Woodson and the rest of the starting D and it wouldn’t matter.

  60. akasaintsbaby says: Sep 9, 2011 12:28 AM

    Cheap shot by Woodson. It was not called for. He should have been ejected.

  61. favreforever says: Sep 9, 2011 12:29 AM

    LOL at Gregg Williams. Overrated bag of wind.

  62. cynicalvision says: Sep 9, 2011 12:35 AM

    I saw two punches.

  63. stanleyhalas says: Sep 9, 2011 12:38 AM

    Goodell isn’t letting that go. No woodson next week and from the looks of that injury no tramon Williams either

  64. philo13181 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:41 AM

    If Cortland Finnegan got ejected after getting punched by Andre Johnson, why wasn’t David Thomas ejected after getting punched by Charles Woodson?

  65. gergie1957 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:41 AM

    Another reason that proves the Packers pay the refs better then any team in the league. Al kidding aside the refs blew it.

  66. truthserum4u says: Sep 9, 2011 12:48 AM

    Throwing a punch is an automatic ejection. How do the refs throw a flag but don’t toss him?

  67. danetow says: Sep 9, 2011 12:51 AM

    So where are all the Packer slappies that call Suh a dirty player…..

  68. buddybowl69 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:51 AM

    Rules don’t apply to certain players and what teams they play for. Any other player on any other team, automatic ejection.

  69. paulbrownsrevenge says: Sep 9, 2011 12:54 AM

    At least he didn’t pull a Tyler Brayton and kick him in the jibs. Kind of funny how David Thomas looked at him after the punch like “really”.

  70. PackersHome.com says: Sep 9, 2011 12:54 AM

    Charles Woodson should have been ejected, no question.

    He should also be fined heavily.

    Suspending him a full game would be moronic and inconsistent. Hold Woodson out for one quarter and five minutes, the same amount he would have lost if ejected, as he should have been.

    Very disappointed in one of my favorite players. He needs to exhibit more self control.

  71. crabcakeandfootball1 says: Sep 9, 2011 12:56 AM

    myspaceyourface says:
    Sep 8, 2011 11:17 PM
    If he doesn’t get a $75,000 fine for that James Harrison get a free one on Flacco this Sunday.
    ————————————
    Huh?

  72. axespray says: Sep 9, 2011 1:01 AM

    lol at saints fans crying about a dirty play…

    weren’t all of you bragging about breaking favre’s ankle?

    pot calling the kettle black much…

    but yeah, it was a dirty play no doubt.

  73. flipadelphia says: Sep 9, 2011 1:01 AM

    And this will be swept right under the rug. Just like the way he rides bigger recievers like a piggy back and never get’s called for it.

    Yet, Ndamukong Suh is a big meanie for playing tackle football. Psht.

  74. houndog50 says: Sep 9, 2011 1:04 AM

    obxastronaut says: Sep 8, 2011 11:21 PM
    As a Packers fan, that was unacceptable… but we all do things we regret later – im sure he will
    ———————————————————-
    Oh sure he will, to the tune of about $50K.
    ———————————————————
    benh999 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:24 PM
    Those hicks in GB would’ve rioted if he was ejected. Smart no-call.
    ——————————————————
    Hicks eh? And where are you from jackass?

  75. timunga says: Sep 9, 2011 1:27 AM

    Kind of a catch 22. Block clearly went past the whistle, punching another player clearly an ejection call. . . Both were missed. Fine at most.

  76. mikeb4u says: Sep 9, 2011 1:34 AM

    The Slackers get away with a lot of crap, this is just one example of MANY. Woodson needs to serve a one game suspension–tough guy POS.

  77. discosucs2005 says: Sep 9, 2011 2:08 AM

    $30 fine.

  78. savannahrose44 says: Sep 9, 2011 2:28 AM

    By not ejecting him from the game all the refs did was send the message that this kind of behavior is okay in the NFL and wont be punished. Poor sportsmanship aside I say that ref should pay a fine for not making the proper call and enforcing the RULES of the game. You throw a punch you deserve to leave and that goes for EVERY player. Had this been any other team playing I think the refs would have tossed him in a heart beat, but the SB champs it seems get a lot of leeway.

  79. tatum064 says: Sep 9, 2011 2:36 AM

    Once a Raider…always a Raider. Love ya C-Wood and we miss you in the Nation!

  80. vstyle23 says: Sep 9, 2011 3:07 AM

    He was just given some SuperBowl champs love, be easy everyone, it’s the first game.

  81. pluto62 says: Sep 9, 2011 5:51 AM

    as a packer fan, i’m embarassed by woodsons’ actions. he should have been ejected.i’m sure he’ll be fined. that is not his normal style of play and i hope he apologizes for his actions.

  82. edmazeing1 says: Sep 9, 2011 6:06 AM

    He“s a idiot with the latest superbowl ring huh…Go Raiders!!!

  83. dspack says: Sep 9, 2011 6:14 AM

    Take a closer look and you will see Woodson didn’t throw the first punch, his just landed better. And it’s always the second guy who gets caught.

  84. dirtdawg55 says: Sep 9, 2011 6:19 AM

    The NFL will fine him $25,000. But that’s okay, because he can pay it in 10 instalments of $2,500 each.

    Let’s see if the NFL can actually distinguish between a hard hit or an actual dirty play. A clear violation of the rules that no one can defend. No debate here. So what kind of fine will it draw? $75,000? Or $5,000?

  85. ubummer says: Sep 9, 2011 6:28 AM

    Welcome to the NBA, where rules are selectively enforced depending on what jersey you wear and the number you have.

  86. madenatewell says: Sep 9, 2011 7:06 AM

    We avoided Warren Moon pulling the race card.

    All is well.

  87. 2ndaryinsanity says: Sep 9, 2011 7:06 AM

    And…cue the whinning Steelers’ fans: “life is unfair”; “Goodell only picks on James Harrison”;blah-blah. Yes, Woodson should have been ejected from the game. No, there is no plot to “get” the steelers. Everything is NOT about you. Ever consider that your beloved steelers keep saying/ doing things that paint a huge spot light on themselves?? Of course not…God forbid!!

    Just because a man wears a zebra uniform, it doesn’t mean he’s immune from making a bad decision.

    I’m almost willing to bet Woodson at least gets a big fine, if not a 1 game suspension.

  88. nflfollower says: Sep 9, 2011 7:19 AM

    all this talk about Suh being dirty. Never seen him do something that cheap.

  89. houseblitz46 says: Sep 9, 2011 7:29 AM

    I was really surprised both that he wasn’t ejected, and that he acted the way he did. I didn’t see anything to provoke anything like that. I think he should definitely be suspended 1 game, but I doubt that he will be.

  90. sj39 says: Sep 9, 2011 7:57 AM

    The Packers are a darling team of the NFL, that’s why. Wouldn’t the “leap” be excessive celabration in any other stadium?

  91. smoothjimmyapollo says: Sep 9, 2011 8:07 AM

    “all this talk about Suh being dirty. Never seen him do something that cheap.”

    Yes, because grabbing guys by their heads and throwing them down when the ball is clearly out of their hands isn’t dirty. I mean, he could have injured a guy’s neck, but at least he didn’t throw a punch.

    Woodson could get fined. It was stupid for him to do so. If he gets suspended, the Packers have the Panthers next – they’ll get by. But people are acting like he had brass knuckles and clocked the guy in the face. His fist moved like 6 inches into the guy’s stomach. His victim will survive – probably without any bruising.

  92. m2karateman says: Sep 9, 2011 8:59 AM

    Absolutely a low class move by Woodson, and he should be suspended AT LEAST one game, possibly two. He was punching where he knew there was no padding. Suh taking a swipe at someone’s facemask brought Packer fans out screaming about him being dirty and how he should have been suspended for that…a punch he didn’t even connect on to the facemask.

    What, pray tell, do they think should happen to Woodson?

    Fine him, suspend him.

  93. essentialsausage says: Sep 9, 2011 9:26 AM

    I’ll have to see the video of the incident. After all the bogus “Ndamukong Suh is dirty” articles, I’m suspicious of people saying certain players should be ejected.

  94. Cowboys-Forum says: Sep 9, 2011 9:39 AM

    keramidas21 says: Sep 8, 2011 11:59 PM

    The punch was not as bad as people are making it sound, but still, a punch is a punch. That was not like Woodson at all to do something like that.
    _______________________________

    Watch the tape, he actually punches him twice……………………twice, which actually make the non-ejection even worse, epic fail on the refs part IMO

  95. mikebrownstepdown says: Sep 9, 2011 10:07 AM

    Where’s David Boston?

  96. musicman495 says: Sep 9, 2011 10:26 AM

    purpleisreallypinkyouknow:

    I cannot believe you and other pathetic, sore loser vikings fans who still cannot get over losing the nfc championship game to new orleans two years ago. You have no criticism of your “hall of fame” running back who fumbled about twelve times. No criticism of your hall of fame quarterback who threw the game losing interception. Only hate for the saints and the refs because “you was robbed. ” Look at it this way – the saints saved you from being the only team to go 0-5 in Super Bowls.

  97. Steeler's Will says: Sep 9, 2011 10:30 AM

    I don’t think it’s suspendable really. Should’ve been an ejection by the rules but at least the ref threw the flag and enforced the yardage. Not to be a “whining” Steeler fan but compared to the non-call against Ngata for busting Ben’s shnoz last year I’m satisfied that there’s been some improvement.

  98. kibawib says: Sep 9, 2011 10:55 AM

    The replay clearly showed the ref staring at Woodson when the scuffle occurred. The ref had the good sense to throw the flag but turned a blind eye to the sucker punch. And this wasn’t even an open handed head slap; this was a closed fist punch to the gut. Home cookin there. Stay classy Green Bay!

  99. kibawib says: Sep 9, 2011 10:57 AM

    Woodson gets away with punching a lineman in the gut and the Packers are complaining about the pass interference call on AJ Hawk. But even with Woodson in the game, Brees throws for 419 yards and has a chance to tie to the game at the end. Bigger things to worry about in GB than the officiating (which was one-sided, as usual). How do you spell crazy? G-R-E-E-N B-A-Y!

  100. kibawib says: Sep 9, 2011 11:01 AM

    musicman495–”Only hate for the saints and the refs because “you was robbed. “”–So even though Woodson punched a guy, he shouldn’t have been tossed? Let’s come back and chat when the Packers lose–no one likes whine with their cheese more than Packer fans.

  101. kibawib says: Sep 9, 2011 11:04 AM

    dspack–”Take a closer look and you will see Woodson didn’t throw the first punch, his just landed better. And it’s always the second guy who gets caught.”–So Woodson punching in retaliation makes it ok? Please. And you are wrong, as the replay showed. Just goes to show that if you drink enough paint thinner it will ruin your vision. And Woodson didn’t get ‘caught.’ If the official makes the correct call Woodson is ejected.

  102. packerbacker12 says: Sep 9, 2011 11:44 AM

    May I ask why the hell Viking fans are even bothering to comment on this thread? Your team went 6-10 last season. Now go watch your lovely team get shredded by Rivers and the Chargers.

  103. asublimeday says: Sep 9, 2011 11:57 AM

    What a turd

  104. txpackfan says: Sep 9, 2011 12:31 PM

    The Packers were penalized 15 yards (the same if he would have been ejected), and I’m sure the Commish will be sending Mr. Woodson a letter today. Geez, y’all want his head on a silver platter, too? I think we’ve all seen dirtier things happen on the football field, and honestly, Mr. Thomas looked to be OK after the “assault”.

  105. txpackfan says: Sep 9, 2011 12:43 PM

    I really wish that NBC would have kept the cameras running longer on that play, then we would’ve seen Woodson pass his brass knuckles off to a teammate, and once the other guy was on the ground we would have seen him get injected with a sedative by another Packer…no wait, that was the movie M*A*S*H…or was it The Longest Yard (the original, please)?

  106. txpackfan says: Sep 9, 2011 12:51 PM

    While we’re on the subject, did you see that last play of the game where the entire Packer defense imploded the Saint’s O-Line? I’m pretty sure that I saw at least one Packer hit Mr. Ingram in the helmet with their foot, knee, etc., as they flew threw and buried him somewhere near the 1 yard line.
    The whole stinkin’ defense should be suspended for such a violent play!

  107. Deb says: Sep 9, 2011 1:32 PM

    @txpackfan …

    No, we don’t want his head on a platter. We want the rules to be enforced as written. And so would you if it had been a Saint punching him in the gut. A punch is an automatic ejection. But I agree it’s an improvement that at least the ref threw a flag. I don’t want players fined after the fact; I just want the rules enforced during the game.

    To those comparing this to the Suh situation … Suh’s was an open-handed slap. Only a punch is an automatic ejection.

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