Josh Rosen “freaked out” when penalty flag hit his hand

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Josh Rosen was rolling toward the sideline, hoping to find an open receiver on a third-down play in the third quarter when suddenly something hit his right hand.

He initially thought it was a Chargers defender trying to swipe at the ball.

The Cardinals rookie quarterback then realized it was a penalty flag.

Rosen said he “freaked out” and threw the ball away.

“You can’t do that, though, in the middle of a play. Whatever,” Rosen said, via Josh Weinfuss of ESPN.

The most infamous flag toss by an official came in 1999 when Jeff Triplette accidentally hit Orlando “Zeus” Brown in the right eye with his flag. Brown pushed Triplette, drawing a suspension, but he spent six days in the hospital with bleeding behind his eye and ended up missing the next three seasons with his injury.

He sued the NFL and settled the lawsuit for $25 million.

14 responses to “Josh Rosen “freaked out” when penalty flag hit his hand

  1. The 1999 incident was the first of many “I think the referee’s hate the Cleveland Browns” incidents that go on to this day. RIP Orlando Brown.

  2. mrfrostyj says:
    November 25, 2018 at 9:01 pm
    The 1999 incident was the first of many “I think the referee’s hate the Cleveland Browns” incidents that go on to this day. RIP Orlando Brown.
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    He Was a Baltimore Raven when this happened.

  3. He Was a Baltimore Raven when this happened.

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    No he wasn’t. He was a Brown when it occurred. Look it up.

  4. ochostinko says:
    November 25, 2018 at 9:29 pm
    He Was a Baltimore Raven when this happened.

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    No he wasn’t. He was a Brown when it occurred. Look it up.

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    Thank you, Ochostinko. Who can’t remember that? It wasn’t even 20 years ago. Dude was wearing a Browns uniform. Some of these pretend fans these days are probably the same crowd who pretend to be decent human beings. It’s just sad.

  5. Throwing the flag where the penalty happened is stupid. It’s not like the flag is used to spot the ball. Just drop the flag where you are standing then go to the head official and explain what you saw. Why risk throwing it at a player and injuring him ?

  6. bannedfromchoirpractice says:
    November 25, 2018 at 9:56 pm
    ochostinko says:
    November 25, 2018 at 9:29 pm
    He Was a Baltimore Raven when this happened.

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    No he wasn’t. He was a Brown when it occurred. Look it up.

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    Thank you, Ochostinko. Who can’t remember that? It wasn’t even 20 years ago. Dude was wearing a Browns uniform. Some of these pretend fans these days are probably the same crowd who pretend to be decent human beings. It’s just sad.

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    I was only a kid and remember it vividly. Also how I found out they were weighing the flags down with more than just sand. Crazy moment.

    As to what happened to Rosen I can see that since what else is going to hit your hand but a defender right? Not like in the heat of the moment when you’re concentrating on something you can tell a hand from a flag.

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