Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson was suspended for two games for a hit on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs during the Sunday night game. The big hit led to a fumble, but Dobbs went back to play without missing any time. NFL rules analyst Terry McAulay stated that it should have been a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness and possibly an ejection.
Despite the lack of a penalty in the game, the NFL has announced that they will be reviewing Jackson’s hit for possible discipline. This is not the first time Jackson has been disciplined for an illegal hit; he has already accrued a fine of $89,670 this season alone. In an Associated Press interview, Jackson stated that his instincts and preparation lead him to be in high-impact situations, and that he won’t completely change his game style.
Jackson’s style of play was on full display again in the recent Vikings game, and he was lucky to avoid a penalty. However, with the NFL’s strict rules against unnecessary roughness, it’s clear that Jackson will have to be more careful in the future if he wants to avoid further disciplinary action.