Report: Suspension unlikely for Jon Bostic

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Washington linebacker Jon Bostic was ejected from Sunday’s win over Dallas for a brutal hit that knocked Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton out of the game. But the NFL appears poised to let Bostic play when Washington returns from its bye in two weeks.

Bostic is not expected to be suspended, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

If that’s the case, that’s a lucky break for Bostic, who committed a flagrant, obvious penalty. Dalton had already gone into a feet-first slide to protect himself, and Bostic drilled him in the head. It was exactly the kind of hit that the NFL says it wants to eliminate from the sport of football.

Sending a message to players that they’ll be suspended for such hits would be a good way to eliminate such hits. But the NFL has apparently decided not to send that message.

36 responses to “Report: Suspension unlikely for Jon Bostic

  1. Horses$(! That was blatant Targeting and Bostic should get multiple games for what he did. Not a Cowboys fan bit that hot was disgusting.

  2. There needs to be a rule in sports where anyone who does such a blatant cheap shot like this that results in the other player losing playing time as a result of that cheap shot means that player serves a suspension for the length of time the injured player misses up to 1 full year.

  3. He was already ejected from the game he was in. That’s generally considered detriment enough.

  4. Seeing reactions to the hit on social media was amazing. Its always unreal to see the ‘iTs FooTbaLL LeT eM PLaY’ crowd come out when stuff like this happens.

    There is a BIG difference between big/physical hits and dirty hits. This one was the latter.

  5. There is a very big difference of players not being able to hold up on a bang – bang play and this terrible hit. I doubt Bostic tried to injure him, but that was one of the worst plays I have seen like this. If the league has any intention of cleaning this up, big fine and suspension. I am a big fan of fine and suspend on the intent, not the outcome of injury. Dalton may be okay for next week, but that could have ended his career.

  6. The lack of a backbone in these matters, proves those hits will continue.
    Policy should be no tolerance.

  7. They should at least give him a one game suspension, knowing that it will be appealed down to a fine. No suspension at all sends a horrible message.

  8. I have said this before Vontaze Burfict ( and I know he has a history and is a dirty player) was suspended 12 games for a way less brutal hit. Bostic needs to be suspended at lease 4 for that hit. He intentionally targeted Dalton’s head and an injury occurred because of it. The NFL needs to start getting serious on hits to the head or all of their speeches about player safety are just empty words.

  9. They need to penalize dirty hits like this more and lighten up on some of the harder cleaner hits that don’t involve a QB sliding.

  10. I think this was a perfect time for the NFL to hand out a suspension for an egregious hit. So the NFL says they want to remove these hits from the game but does nothing when it happens. Once again the NFL misses the bus.

    I guarantee you, the first time someone gets a suspension for these types of hits, you’ll start to see those hits go away.

  11. mikethevike11 says:
    October 26, 2020 at 9:26 am
    There needs to be a rule in sports where anyone who does such a blatant cheap shot like this that results in the other player losing playing time as a result of that cheap shot means that player serves a suspension for the length of time the injured player misses up to 1 full year.
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    I get your point, but I think that opens the door for fake injuries. Say a star player gets a cheap shot on a backup player from a division rival. I can see the team with the injured backup player keeping him sidelined with an “injury” just to keep their division rivals star player off the field for weeks.

  12. I hate the Cowboys but the guy should absolutely be suspended. What’s the slide rune for if players can tee off on sliding QBs with no consequences.

  13. bird2urmother says:

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    The flaw with that logic is you can fake a hamstring injury or something like that but you can’t really fake a concussion or broken bone ect… There obviously would be kinks that need to be worked out and the decision on what constitutes a cheap shot like this would have to be done by a third party committee of some kind but there have been too many times in sports where a player missed a significant amount of time because some jackass decided to go head hunting. Also, if faking injuries is really a concern, that should be more incentive for players to not take part in hits like that.

  14. A lot of times i would agree BUT this has to start coming down to the QB decisions, he is running straight into the middle of the field and waiting till the last second to go down. What is Bostic supposed to do? let him run by? I watched this multiple times in slow mo and Bostic was aiming for the tackle BEFORE Dalton started going down.

    This NEEDs to be a rule change, that the QB running either stays in an upright position as a runner or take a slide WAY before contact could be initiated outside the numbers only. because Bostic was aiming for his chest, not his head. Dalton put his head there in the slide.
    If Bostic assumes he is going to slide and Dalton runs right by him, then everyone critical for not trying to tackle. The only other option is QB is running he is down my 2 hand touch.

    This happens every few weeks and its always the defender getting blamed. the defender isnt expecting a head there. The slide needs to end.

  15. what a joke, the NFL Player Safety Committee is totally wrong on this one, how much more dirty and dangerous can you get than that hit….unreal!

  16. First, I don’t believe it was an intentionally dirty hit. Both players made moves in real time that led to the collision playing out as it did. A lot of QBs make that last instant drop when the defenders get close and that makes it hard for defenders to react in time. I’m certain that was the NFL’s reasoning.

    Even so, I think Bostic should be suspended for a game. The end result was a direct hit on Dalton’s head–that can’t be accepted. It is better to err on the side of discouraging those type of hits.

  17. There needs to be a fine an suspension on this hit. They could stop this by implementing a fine and you stay suspended until the player you hit returns to the field. Dalton wil be out at least a week and most likey 2 and then the cowboys have a bye week. So he comes back on teh 22nd. Bostic sits and loses game checks.

  18. it was a bang-bang play – even the league office agrees. if it was so egregious, why didn’t any of the cowboys retaliate? mccarthy didn’t even care until after the game when he used it as an opportunity to throw his players under the bus. bostic also doesn’t have a track record like burfict.

  19. That hit was awful. Bostic should be suspended double the amount of time it takes until Dalton is cleared to play. (Even if it’s all year)

  20. amaf21 says:
    October 26, 2020 at 11:10 am
    it was a bang-bang play – even the league office agrees. if it was so egregious, why didn’t any of the cowboys retaliate? mccarthy didn’t even care until after the game when he used it as an opportunity to throw his players under the bus. bostic also doesn’t have a track record like burfict.
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    Dallas is a dumpster fire and showed absolutely nothing yesterday. Them not showing a pulse in this instance either doesn’t excuse Bostic’s dangerous play.

  21. Further proof Goodell is NOT serious about concussions (as further evidenced from the numerous no-calls on lowered helmets from both sides of the field), just serious about bettering the NFL’s leverage in court versus concussion lawsuits.

    What a FARCE.

  22. the hit was late and a foul but no as blatant as its being made out to be.

    dalton began his slide very late. he had ideas of a first down for a split-second, then thought better of it.

  23. The Cowboys should be suspended for not standing up for their QB! That, and their pathetic performance.

  24. I remember when a similar type of play happened years ago when Trent Green was QB for the CHiefs. The Bengals Player landed on Green’s head with a blatant dirty hit. No fine or suspension. Green missed the rest of the season with a concussion. The league did not care then either.

  25. Being ejected is a better, more fitting punishment than a suspension, although doing both may also be appropriate. The Cowboys were the victim of his offense, they should get the benefit of his absence more than the next team that WFT plays.

  26. The League doesn’t care.

    Neither does the Players Union. Most suspensions get overturned.

    Someone is going to have to lose their life for this to end.

  27. Really? The worst hit of this kind that you’ve ever seen? Teddy Bridgewater? Joe Flacco? Every couple seasons we get a QB murdered while sliding and they’ve progressed to at least ejecting them for it. Alonso and Joyner weren’t ejected or suspended for their hits, all Alonso got for knocking Flacco out was a 9k fine. The NFL needs to move to suspensions if they want to prevent these hits but it seems that they’ve accepted that if a QB slides late he may get hit badly. Until someone does it to Mahomes or a QB the league cares about they won’t increase the punishment much. But at least if they added a one game suspension it would make players hold up a little more.

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