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Video: Absurd Penalty Called In Last Night's Rams-Raiders Game

A closeup of Derek Carr.

PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 25: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders waits in the tunnel prior to the game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 25, 2017 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Raiders 19-10. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

There have been a couple (to say the least) of questionable roughing the passer calls during the opening of the NFL's 2018 regular season. One of them came last night.

Los Angeles Rams star pass rusher Aaron Donald was called for a roughing the passer penalty when he hit Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr.

Donald fell to the ground while rushing Carr. He then grabbed Carr by his ankles and sacked him.



It's fair for the NFL to want to protect its quarterbacks. Hitting players in the head is dangerous and hitting players low can result in devastating knee injuries.

But...we have to have some common sense, here. Is Donald supposed to just stop playing when he goes to the ground?

This is clearly going to be an issue for the league moving forward this season.