Monday Night Football did not provide too many highlights from the Chargers and Colts, but there was one brutal moment when Los Angeles Chargers star safety and defensive captain Derwin James Jr. was ejected after throwing a dangerous hit on Indianapolis Colts defenseless receiver Ashton Dulin.
As Dulin caught a pass from Colts quarterback Nick Foles, James came rolling in leading with the crown of his helmet and blasted Dulin in the head/neck area. That is the type of hit that the league hates.
James was flagged for unnecessary roughness and it was determined that the hit was worthy of an ejection. Many expected him to be suspended for his actions.
NFL Network insider Tom Pelissero provided an update on James’ status for Week 17. Although he has not been cleared for action, we do know he won’t be suspended for his hit on Dulin.
After the game that sent the Chargers to the postseason, head coach Brandon Staley addressed James’ ejection.
“It’s a play where they obviously laid the guy out in a tough position, which is their fault, not ours, and Derwin made an aggressive play,” Staley said. “I’ve seen him make a lot of tackles on plays just like that, and I know that his target was not above the neck. I know that.”
For the year, James has recorded 106 tackles, four sacks, four passes defended and two forced fumbles in 12 games this season.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.