Vikings upset with Michael Thomas’ hit on Andrew Sendejo

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The Vikings disagreed with officials, who picked up a flag on Saints receiver Michael Thomas. Thomas injured Vikings safety Andrew Sendejo with a hit that Minnesota players thought was an illegal blindside block.

“I thought it was an illegal hit,” Vikings safety Harrison Smith said, via Josh Katzenstein of the Times-Picayune. “Want to talk about defenseless receivers and all that stuff? It’s got to go both ways. That’s what I saw.”

The NFL still could fine Thomas, even though officials didn’t penalize him.

Thomas’ arms hit Sendejo in the head, leaving Sendejo with a concussion. Thomas declined postgame interviews.

Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes yelled at the Saints after the play, with his teammates having to pull him away.

“I mean, he knew Andrew Sendejo was coming,” Rhodes said. “He knew he was there. He kept going and hit him. I mean, it is what it is. Football is football. Andrew is going to be OK, hopefully. I know so. He’s a tough guy. Hopefully he’ll be ready to go for next week.”

The league suspended Sendejo for a game this season after a helmet-to-helmet hit he had on Ravens receiver Mike Wallace. Vikings coach Mike Zimmer was among those who defended Sendejo’s Week 7 hit.

Now, the Vikings want justice for Sendejo.

“Sendejo got suspended for what was a legal hit, and so, I don’t know. I don’t know anymore,” Smith said.

45 responses to “Vikings upset with Michael Thomas’ hit on Andrew Sendejo

  1. Hope Dejo is okay and can play against philly. That dude is just a missle out on the field. If he can’t go though, Harris is actually a pretty good back up. Probably would be a starter on most teams. The defense needs to have the game of their lives on Sunday. I feel like points are going to be hard to come by for both teams.

  2. Thomas put his arm up and ran a forearm to Sendejos head. How is that not a foul? Vikings receiver Treadwell got a 15 yard penalty for the exact same play earlier this season. Officiating remains inconsistent and arbitrary in the NFL.

  3. It was an illegal pick play and Sean Payton called it. The NFL needs to investigate this! Sean Payton’s teams have a history of cheap shots and illegal bounty hunting. The Saints were down 17 – 0 and getting dominated when Payton called this play. I don’t think it is any coincidence that Sendejo was knocked out. The hit was malicious, intentional and planned. The whole game changed from this point forward. Sean Payton is a classless bum that should be thrown out of the league.

  4. it looked clean to me. Was Thomas supposed to yell “Look out! I’m going to hit you!”?
    You can’t even make a clean block anymore without some players whining. I thought these were supposed to be tough guys.

  5. Rhodes really lost his cool on that play and gave up a touchdown to Thomas right after that because the Saints took advantage of his aggressiveness. Can’t let stuff like that happen.

  6. Just the way the Saints play, violently take everyone out who’s a threat. You’d think Payton would have learned after Bountygate but I guess he’s just small minded like that. Glad the Saints got stomped.

  7. Barr wasn’t penalized-that was the contention of the Vike faithful here. That gate swings both ways, boys. Rub some dirt on it, shut up and play.

  8. Sometimes it seems Refs give close calls to one team, then give bad calls to the other team to make up for it. That is exactly what It felt like watching it live!
    For sure Vikes have an uphill battle against the Eagles! To give the Vikings the point spread is an insult to the Eagles at home.

  9. If you want a reputation as a tough defense, do you not complain to the league to protect your defenseless safeties from big bad wide receivers. The lion is afraid of the antelope. Boo hoo.

  10. Bogus claim. They just ran into each other, and it sucks Sendejo was hurt, but claiming it was dirty is just dumb.

  11. When Thomas was asked about the hit, he replied…
    I did not hit her
    It’s not true
    It’s bull$#!%
    I did not hit her
    I did not
    Oh hi Mark.

  12. At least no one suffered a broken collar bone. No flag means it was all good, right Vikings fans?

  13. Typical Vikings and their fans crying about the refs, even after they got a lot more fake calls in their favor and would have lost if it was called fair.

  14. The thing is if defenders are penalized for head shots on defenseless receivers regardless of intent to harm, why aren’t offensive players penalized for the same act? I agree that Thomas may have had no intent, but Sendejo was still cracked in the noggin.

  15. thetundraturf says:
    January 15, 2018 at 8:50 pm
    In replays it sure appears that Thomas knew what he was doing. Bummer it caused a concussion

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    I don’t think there should be little doubt Thomas knew what he was doing. It looked like a designed pick (rub) route. His job was getting in Sendejo’s path. Since he knew where Sendejo was, he knew what he was doing.

  16. Without a doubt a CHEAP SHOT!!! Painfully Obvious that he Did This On Purpose! He needs to be Fined and Suspended!!! By the way he WILL be playing and play well in a 38-7 Vikings Rout!!!

  17. That is the double standard in the NFL has today. If a defensive player used his forearm on the helmet of his opponent it is an automatic penalty. Thomas was past 5 yards and shouldn’t have been allowed to be picking or blocking then anyway. On top of that Sendejo wasn’t even looking at Thomas when he got jacked. Dirty play, I think Payton has to take some responsibility here too.

  18. Without a doubt a CHEAP SHOT!!! Painfully Obvious that he Did This On Purpose! He needs to be Fined and Suspended!!! By the way he WILL be playing and play well in a 38-7 Vikings Rout!!!.

  19. The league suspended Sendejo for a game this season after a helmet-to-helmet hit he had on Ravens receiver Mike Wallace.
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    Nope. It was NOT a helmet on helmet hit.
    Sendejo used his shoulder.

  20. To pick up the flag on that play was both ludicrous and egregious.

    I’ll be interested to see if Thomas gets a suspension for the start of the 2018 season.

    He should.

  21. I do know that the hit on Wallace was clean. Refs love reacting to the viciousness of the hit, or if the guy stays down. They just ASSUME that it was a hit to the head if the guy stays down or flails around after the hit.

  22. kingthielenscourt says:
    January 15, 2018 at 10:05 pm
    Sometimes it seems Refs give close calls to one team, then give bad calls to the other team to make up for it. That is exactly what It felt like watching it live!
    For sure Vikes have an uphill battle against the Eagles! To give the Vikings the point spread is an insult to the Eagles at home.
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    The Vikes are the better team. The end.

  23. It was a clean football hit. He wasn’t coming back to block he was going forward and was a great block. Not Thomas fault that he is tall and the Safety went low.

    Funny to see Vikings fans complain when they recieved every call in the game. 100 penalty yards in the first quarter off of phantom PIs? But they don’t see Diggs holding the DB hand as he looked backwards? No flag for Brees getting hit in the helmet and thrown down after the play but Keenum got touched and they throw one? No Intentional grounding on Keenum when he was obviously in the pocket and in the dirt? And the worst was on third and one when Tom Johnson was obviously offsides right over the center but no call that would’ve gave the same as the first down and could’ve ran the time clock out. So they benefited from a poorly officiated game. Otherwise the Saints dont have to crawl back from a 17-0 deficit and win handedly.

    If the league wants to find a reason for falling ratings look no further than the obvious bias calls at opportune times in favor of Home teams. Seriously how do you have a Ex Falcons player ref for a huge divisional game against its rival and have 9 penalties for first downs in that game? It’s a main reason people are seeing the bias officiating and are tuning out cause of it.

  24. “We’re playing football. It’s unfortunate that he got hurt but I think everything was above board. We’re going to play within the rules and sometimes things happen.”- Mike Zimmer

    “I think it’s a dirty play in some people’s eyes because of the injury. I think if he gets up we’re not having this conversation.” -Anthony Barr

  25. LOL. Ofcourse Aints fans only see the calls that went against them. They went both ways ladies. Yep, Diggs got away with one…you know who else got away from one? Lattimore against Theilen on the Field Goal drive…we get that call and we get to run out the clock…there is no Lutz field goal…there is no Miracle…but guess what. 29-24 Vikings.

  26. shlort says:
    January 15, 2018 at 11:08 pm
    At least no one suffered a broken collar bone. No flag means it was all good, right Vikings fans?
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    It also didn’t expose the team for a one-dimensional fraud after he was knocked out of the game…

  27. cavitycreep says:
    January 16, 2018 at 11:04 am
    shlort says:
    January 15, 2018 at 11:08 pm
    At least no one suffered a broken collar bone. No flag means it was all good, right Vikings fans?
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    It also didn’t expose the team for a one-dimensional fraud after he was knocked out of the game…

    No, it only resulted in the number one defense in football giving up 24 pts at home in a little over 16 min of play after Sendejo went down. Coincidence, I guess.

  28. 4 5 Rate This
    northcomblog says:
    January 16, 2018 at 11:27 am
    cavitycreep says:
    January 16, 2018 at 11:04 am
    shlort says:
    January 15, 2018 at 11:08 pm
    At least no one suffered a broken collar bone. No flag means it was all good, right Vikings fans?
    _______________________________________________

    It also didn’t expose the team for a one-dimensional fraud after he was knocked out of the game…

    No, it only resulted in the number one defense in football giving up 24 pts at home in a little over 16 min of play after Sendejo went down. Coincidence, I guess.
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    20 minutes worth of adjustments (while losing Sendejo for the remainder of the game, AND Rhodes for a good portion), versus 11 weeks (and a 3-8 record while getting shut out 2x at home). Oh yeah, and a win. Not due to the defense, but they did hold the Saints to 1 FG after said adjustments.

  29. That hit was called the Trump Hit. He hit him so hard, he deported him into next week wednesday.

  30. They could flag Lattimore on every play – definitely from the Richard Sherman school of holding. Based on him alone I thought the officiating favored the Saints.

  31. 20 minutes worth of adjustments (while losing Sendejo for the remainder of the game, AND Rhodes for a good portion), versus 11 weeks (and a 3-8 record while getting shut out 2x at home). Oh yeah, and a win. Not due to the defense, but they did hold the Saints to 1 FG after said adjustments.
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    Saints found the end zone with 3 min left, and stalled on the 25 after a 50 yard drive with :29 left. When exactly did those adjustments kick in?

    As for our toilet of a season, yes, we were finally exposed to most of ours fans’ delight and ran TT out of town, finally. I only wish we drafted half as well as Spielman.

    Doesn’t change the fact that you blew a 17-0 lead after losing your safety and needed a literal ‘miracle’ play to avoid joining our GB frauds on the couch next wkd. I’ve watched my team have some epic collapses, and that is exactly what I was witnessing until Diggs made that amazing catch and run with 4 sec left. A couple of players who know how to rock a mustache were injured, we we were exposed, you almost had one helluva soul crushing collapse. Maybe yours was just a fluke. Good luck in Philly, truly!

  32. That is how the saints play remember the bounty’s they put on players in Vikings NFL championship game. Dirty team and who coaches them

  33. northcomblog says:
    January 16, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    Saints found the end zone with 3 min left, and stalled on the 25 after a 50 yard drive with :29 left. When exactly did those adjustments kick in?
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    The adjustments will kick in Sunday evening in Philadelphia.

  34. I don’t think he meant to take him out, but Harrison Smith raises a great point. The NFL goes out of its way to protect “defenseless” recievers, but it doesn’t give a flying firetruck about defensive players. If you’ve ever wondered if the NFL values offense more than defense, there’s your answer.

  35. It was a pic but that’s how players are taught. Sendejo’s laid people out the same way so he’s got to be aware when other teams have a chance to do that to him, they will. Head on a swivel dude.

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