Seattle Seahawks safety Quandre Diggs was ejected Sunday night after delivering a helmet-to-helmet hit on New England Patriots wideout N’Keal Harry.
Toward the end of the first quarter, quarterback Cam Newton connected with Harry 12 yards downfield, but was met by Diggs, who delivered the brutal blow.
Diggs, however, will not face a suspension from the league, as NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported on Monday. The play will be reviewed for a possible fine.
Neither player suffered an injury on the play, but after a brief discussion, Diggs was ejected, and the Seahawks were issued a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. The Patriots took a 14-7 lead later on the drive with a 1-yard touchdown run from Newton.
Former second-round pick Marquise Blair replaced Diggs at free safety but was later injured and ruled out for the rest of the game. Lano Hill manned the position with both Diggs and Blair out of the game.
After the game, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said he did not have a clear angle on Diggs’ hit, but had no objection to the officials’ decision.
"You saw the significant difference when we didn't have Q-Diggs back there. We got in trouble on the back end a couple times tonight and gave them some easy stuff that ... should never have happened," Carroll said.
"I couldn't see the play," Carroll continued. "Everybody saw the play and they went all the way to New York, and they made their decision, so I'm sure they made the right decision. He knows that he's got to keep his head out of those hits. He just got so jacked about the setup that he just didn't quite get it to the side like he needs to and make a shoulder hit out of it."
While Diggs won’t face a suspension from the league, that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t have his checkbook ready. Jamal Adams told Diggs to expect a FedEx in his locker Tuesday.
“Yeah, he was hurt, man,” Adams said. “You know, we laughed and giggled about it after. I told him that he was going to have a FedEx in his locker room come Tuesday or Wednesday or whenever we go back. He’s just a physical player. It’s a tough part of the game, obviously, it’s an offensive-minded game and we have to be safer. I totally understand it. It’s tough on a bang-bang situation like that. Two guys just playing fast on both sides of the ball, very competitive. He’s just got to get his head out of the game and lower his target. Quandre is going to be fine, he’ll bounce back.
“We can’t wait to have him next week versus Dallas.”
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