Superstar Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will shockingly avoid any fine for his vicious headshot on Philadelphia Eagles’ quarterback Carson Wentz in Seattle’s Wild Card Game victory on the road last weekend.
The hit would be a season-ender for Wentz, as the already short-handed Eagles weren’t able to overcome Wentz’s first quarter exit. Backup Josh McCown would come into put up inconsequential numbers, and would also suffer a severe injury during the second quarter.
Many were surprised that Clowney wasn’t ejected for the hit when it happened, as referees didn’t even throw a flag. The league doesn’t have a specific ‘targeting’ rule like college football does, but the NFL first instituted disqualifications for illegal hits to the head before the start of the 2017 season.
Referee Shawn Smith, who was an official on the field, told reporters after the game:
“He was a runner and he did not give himself up. We saw incidental helmet contact, and in our judgment, we didn't rule it a foul."
However, Fox Sports NFL rule analyst Mike Pereira told The Rich Eisen Show earlier this week that the Clowney should have penalized for the brutal tackle, and even added that he thought the tackle was a ‘cheap shot’.
Wentz’s exit lead to many around the sport once again labeling Wentz as ‘injury prone’, as former players quickly tried to come to the defense of the former no. 2 overall pick.
Reports came out Friday that Wentz had actually reported the concussion himself.