A wave of injuries has decimated the Washington Football Team roster of late. Most recently, star tight end Logan Thomas’ season was ended prematurely after a knee injury during WFT’s 17-15 win over the Las Vegas Raiders last Sunday.
Raiders Defensive end Yannick Ngakoue was not fined for the below-the-belt hit which sidelined Thomas, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Saturday. Take a look at the hit delivered by No. 91 in black:
However, one Raider was handed a fine resulting from the game against Washington. Fellow Vegas defensive end Maxx Crosby has been fined $15,450 for his hit on WFT quarterback Taylor Heinicke in the second quarter of the game.
Crosby was given a roughing the passer penalty as a result. A fine of over $15,000 seems a big harsh judging by the play, which seemed fairly routine:
Washington head coach Ron Rivera gave his take on Ngakoue’s hit the day after the game.
“I thought the play was avoidable,” Rivera said. “It was unfortunate that the hit occurred and it was low. As a defender, you’d like to see him use his hands upon impact. It’s an unfortunate play but for the most part as far as I was concerned, I just felt it was something that was avoidable.”
Now that Thomas is out for the season, backup tight end Ricky Seals-Jones is due for an increased workload over the course of the five-game NFC East rendezvous coming up for Washington. Slot receiver Adam Humphries could also leap at the opportunity to snag some of the shallow targets Thomas once enjoyed.
Washington’s next contest comes this Sunday, as they host the division-leading Dallas Cowboys at FedEx Field. Both head coaches have engaged in a back-and-forth leading up to the game, but the point remains that it’ll be WFT’s biggest 60 minutes of the season to this point.