One of the higher-profile hits from Week Three of the preseason didn’t draw a flag. One of the lesser-known hits did.
On a first-quarter punt fielded by Cardinals receiver Ted Ginn, Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick lowered the boom.
The helmet-to-helmet hit drew no flag, but it has drawn a $22,050 fine. NBC’s Cris Collinsworth spotted it in real time.
“So here we are in preseason having seen a ton of flags,” Al Michael replied, “and the one time we should have seen one, we don’t.”