Safety of Seattle Seahawks star Quandre Diggs was sent off from Sunday night’s game against the New England Patriots after a frightening helmet-to-helmet hit on N’Keal Harry, a game that could lead to further disciplinary action from the league.
The heated Week 2 game was tied early at seven points apiece in the first quarter when quarterback Cam Newton threw a 12-yard pass to the second-year wide receiver, but an unsuspecting Harry was instantly met by Diggs who was leading with his helmet down.
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Harry miraculously clung to the ball and stood up, but Diggs was kicked out of the game for forcibly contacting the helpless receiver in the neck / head area. The Seahawks were hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for Diggs’ use of the helmet and unnecessary roughness.
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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll had no problem with the call, adding that the shot “should never have happened.” ”
“I couldn’t see the game,” Carroll said, according to ESPN. “Everyone saw the play and they went all the way to New York and they made their decision, so I’m sure they made the right decision. ”
Carroll continued, “He knows he has to keep his head out of these shots. He just got so excited about the setup that he didn’t quite put it to the side as he needed it and made it a shoulder. ”
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Defensive end LJ Collier helped secure the Seahawks’ 2-0 record after stuffing Newton to the yard line in the final game of their 35-30 win over the Patriots.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.