The NFL has been secretive about the rule for helmet-to-helmet hits. The revision was finalized in May, with NFL Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent
Goal Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid is still in the dark on the road.
"I did not know you could be ejected," Reid said after the game, for the team's website. "The referees told me I was targeting him, which I disagree with."
Panthers Ron Rivera Coach agreed with his player.
"I do not think it was warranted, I really do not think it's a good idea," he said. "They are trying to protect the quarterbacks, and he was high."
Here's a clip of the hit plus explanation for Reid's ejection from NFL officiating chief Al Riveron:
According to QuirkyResearch.com, Reid was the third defensive player to be ejected for this type of thing. In Week 1, safety Bengals Shawn Williams was banished to the locker room for a hit on Andrew Luck quarterback, who was diving at the time. A week later, Falcons Damontae safety Kazee was ejected for diving into panther quarterback Cam Newton.
Reid, who joined Colin Kaepernick in kneeling during the national anthem during their time together in San Francisco, signed with the Panthers as a free agent in late September after being passed over by the rest of the league during training camp and the early portion of the regular season. He told reporters that the NFL had been randomly selected for a drug test after the game.
"This is like the fifth time since I've been here," he said. "They're not going to catch me on anything."
As explained by Yahoo, the NFL randomly selects 10 players from each team for drug testing after games. NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy pointed out that the league 's drug testing procedures are overseen by an independent administrator who is a joint appointed by the league and the players' union.
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