Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson was suspended for two games, but that wouldn’t change the way he plays. During the Sunday night game against the Minnesota Vikings, he made a big hit on Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs that could have gone very wrong. The hit led to a fumble and while Dobbs went to the medical tent, he didn’t miss a play. NBC rules analyst Terry McAulay stated that it should have been a 15-yard penalty for unnecessary roughness and possibly a penalty for an ejection.
Despite there being no penalty in the game, the NFL has stated 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 this season; he has already accrued a fine of $89,670. In an Associated Press interview, Jackson stated that his instincts and preparation lead him to be the type of player to be in those high-impact situations, and that likely won’t change any time soon. This style of play was on display again in the recent Vikings game, and Jackson was fortunate to avoid a penalty.