Eric Reid's dangerous hit to Ben Watson's head sends Patriots TE to locker room


FOXBORO -- New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson was slow to get up late in the first quarter of Thursday night's preseason game at Gillette Stadium after taking a late hit to the head.

Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid came in after Watson had already been tackled and threw a shoulder that appeared to make contact with Watson's head. 

Here's a look at the play:

Watson sat up on the ground for a few moments before walking off the field under his own power with his helmet off. He went to the locker room shortly after, where he likely will be checked for a possible concussion.

Reid's hit was over the line in any setting, and especially a preseason game.

It's not the first time we've seen this kind of hit from him, either. Reid has a history of going overboard with egregious hits. He was ejected from a game last November for a head hit on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.


Earlier in the 2018 season, Reid tackled Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz well after a hanfoff and then did what looked like a wrestling move on tight end Zach Ertz.

The Patriots are a bit thin at tight end following the retirement of Rob Gronkowski in March. Watson will miss the first four games of the upcoming regular season due to a failed drug test.

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