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Here's The First Player To Be Ejected Under The NFL's New Helmet Rule

Shamarko Thomas leads with the helmet on an illegal hit vs. the Seahawks.

The new NFL helmet rules came into play last night, resulting in the first ejection. Indianapolis Colts defensive back Shamarko Thomas was on the wrong side of the call.

While many expect this to be a big theme to the season, this call seemed pretty clear.

Thomas went in for a hit on Seattle Seahawks wide receiver David Moore, in an attempt to break up a potential long completion.

He clearly hit Moore helmet to helmet, triggering the review, and a quick call. We're probably going to see plenty of questionable examples of this during the season. This wasn't really one.

Shamarko Thomas was flagged for unnecessary roughness, and ejected from the game, the first player who has had that happen under the new rules.

Thomas is attemtping to make the Colts after a few injury plagued years with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The hard-hitting former Syracuse star was a fourth-round pick by Pittsburgh in 2013. He began the stint as a special teams contributor and back-up to Troy Polamalu.

Thomas never emerged after Polamalu's retirement and wound up on the injured reserve in 2016. Last season, he spent time in the preseason with the Jets, and was signed by the Bills in October.

Now, he is trying to make the Colts' 53-man roster. Unfortunately, this play probably didn't help his chances.