The Carolina Panthers will finish their Thursday Night Football matchup against Pittsburgh Steelers without Eric Reid after the safety room is expelled.
Reid was sent to the locker room after he hit Ben Roethlisberger in the helmet while Steelers quarterback tried to slip. Replays showed Reid’s shoulder made contact with Roethlisberger’s helmet as he flew over the top of the quarterback. After a brief discussion, officials decided to disqualify Reid for the rest of the game.
The League quickly declared the decision to wipe out Reid on Twitter, which featured video of the battle:
The penalty to hit a sliding quarterback – especially in the head – is not new. However, an increased emphasis in 2018 on penalizing this type of game is likely to be the reason for Reid being expelled, in addition to being punished.
After the battle, there were several Steelers offensive linemen who came to Roethlisberger’s defense, which led to the crowd squeezing and shooting between the two teams. Reid and Roethlisberger quickly buried the hatchet.
After Steelers 52-21 victory, Panther coach Ron Rivera said he was disagree with the judges:
Earlier in 2018, Reid entered a scrap with the eagles because of his controversial relationship with Malcolm Jenkins, as well as a late hit on Carson Wentz who started a scrap:
Reid was fined $ 10.026 for the game and is likely to hear from the league office again after his meeting at Roethlisberger.