An Atlanta Falcons defensive back has been ejected for a dirty hit on Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. The ejection was very much deserved.
Newton got drilled in the head by Falcons defensive back Damontae Kazee. The hit occurred when Newton was sliding on the ground.
Panthers players were furious with the hit. A fight nearly broke out on the field and Carolina wide receiver Torrey Smith was penalized for retaliating.
Here’s video of the hit on Newton:
No excuse for Damontae Kazee putting this late hit on a sliding Cam Newton. It’s reckless. Easy ejection for the officials. pic.twitter.com/ijBD3DiOsf
— Jeff Eisenband (@JeffEisenband) September 16, 2018
Here’s another angle of the play. It doesn’t look good:
Very similar to what got Shawn Williams booted in Indy. Damontae Kazee rocked Cam Newton. pic.twitter.com/12ajyhophK
— Matt Edwards (@MattEdwards) September 16, 2018
Those are the kind of hits the NFL is working very hard to get rid of – and rightfully so.
Atlanta and Carolina, meanwhile, are currently tied, 3-3.