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:
Ben Watson leaves the field under his own power but did have his helmet taken from him. The late hit provided by Eric Reid. The two men not seeing eye to eye on Twitter this week fwiw. #Patriots pic.twitter.com/VKJK6X2U9e— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) August 23, 2019
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.
Ben Watson went into the locker room. Concussion spotter left the tent a bit before Watson popped out of it.— Jeff Howe (@jeffphowe) August 23, 2019
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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