Whitehead may have been flagged for one in all two infractions: pointless roughness for a success to the pinnacle of a sliding participant or unsportsmanlike conduct for utilizing his helmet to hit a participant, the supply stated.
The NFL isn’t commenting on the hit. Fines are sometimes introduced on Fridays. If the league fines Whitehead, it is going to be public affirmation that the play ought to have been penalized.
The hit occurred within the Bucs’ 26-23 time beyond regulation win on Sunday. Mayfield slid on the finish of a 35-yard run on second-and-26 within the fourth quarter. Shortly after Mayfield’s knee hit the bottom, Whitehead’s helmet hit the facet of Mayfield’s head.
Whitehead lowered his head to make the hit and used the crown of his helmet. Each are textbook examples of what the league doesn’t need and are included within the descriptions of hits that might result in a participant being ejected.
Officers initially flagged the play, however after a convention, referee Shawn Hochuli introduced that the flag could be picked up.
“The quarterback was nonetheless a runner and due to this fact is allowed to be hit within the head,” Hochuli stated to the gang. “He had not but begun to slip.”
Mayfield was dominated down on the Tampa Bay 41-yard line with 7:47 left and the Browns trailing 23-16. A 15-yard penalty would have moved the Browns to the 26. The Browns moved to the Bucs’ 1 on the drive however failed to attain on a fourth-down quarterback sneak.
When Mayfield began to slip is a judgment name; hits to the pinnacle will not be. Sliding gamers are protected by league rule from hits to the pinnacle. The league is aware of the penalty ought to have been known as, in line with a supply.
“There’s quite a lot of stuff being put out on defending the quarterback,” Mayfield stated after the sport. “Would not seem to be the Browns are getting quite a lot of calls, however they will evaluate it, and so they can say I used to be a runner, however I began my slide. That is helmet-to-helmet contact.”
Browns coach Hue Jackson stated after the sport that he didn’t perceive why the flag was picked up. Different gamers complained. On Monday, Jackson stated the workforce would ask the league for clarification.
“That was disappointing,” Jackson stated. “That’s all that I can say.”