For the second straight day, a Ruffing the Passer penalty has disrupted an NFL game.
Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones sacked Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr on the 3rd and 8th at the Las Vegas 46-yard line with 1:13 left in the first half. Jones ripped the ball away and landed it on the car at the end of the play, but he appeared to try to prop up the fall. Allowed to maintain ownership.
Fans at Arrowhead Stadium booed when the call was announced. The play was not reviewed.
Las Vegas then scored four plays on a 50-yard field goal to lead 20–10.
That call came a day after Atlanta Falcons’ Grady Jarrett was served a rough-the-passer penalty when he fired Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady. Instead of being forced to punt, the Buccaneers ran out the clock with a 21–15 victory.
“What I had was grabbing the quarterback while the defender was still in his pocket and throwing him to the ground unnecessarily,” referee Jerome Boger told pool reporters after the game. “That’s what I was making the decision for.”
The NFL rulebook states, “Any physical action against a player who is in a passing position (before, during, or after a pass) is considered unfair, depending on the circumstances of play, in the referee’s judgment, and as a foul.” “
The rulebook states, “When in doubt about a roughness call or potentially dangerous tactics against the quarterback, the referee should always call the passer rough.”
The NFL has been criticized for failing to protect Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa after he was taken off the field on a stretcher after he was assaulted in a game against Cincinnati. , suffered a concussion when his head was slammed into the turf by Josh Tupou of the Bengals, who was not flagged during play.
Here’s a sample social media reaction after Jones’ penalty:
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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