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NFL Getting Crushed For This Penalty Call During Preseason Game

A general view of the Houston Texans stadium.

HOUSTON, TX - JANUARY 09: A general view is seen during the third quarter of the AFC Wild Card Playoff game between the Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs at NRG Stadium on January 9, 2016 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)

Few people are going to complain about the NFL attempting to make the game safer as we head into the 2019 regular season.

The following penalty call might be a bit too far, though.

A Detroit Lions offensive lineman was called for a penalty on a block of a Texans pass rusher in the third quarter of Saturday night's preseason game.

"DET #76 goes back toward his own end-line and forcibly blocks his opponent with his shoulder. By rule, this is a blindside block," the NFL ruled.

Here's the play:

That seems excessive.

It's unclear what the Lions offensive lineman was supposed to do in that situation.

Hopefully this is something that can be cleared up before the regular season arrives.