Carolina security Eric Reid, one of many NFL’s final remaining anthem-kneelers, was ejected from Thursday night time’s Steelers win over the Panthers for an unlawful hit to the pinnacle of Pittsburgh QB Ben Roethlisberger.
Within the third quarter of Pittsburgh’s 52-21 route of the Panthers, Roethlisberger was scrambling for a primary down, slid on the finish of the run, and Reid dove on the QB, resulting in an unlawful shoulder-to-helmet hit.
Reid didn’t know you possibly can get ejected from NFL video games.
“I didn’t even know you possibly can be ejected within the NFL,” Reid stated after the sport. “It was a bang-bang play. I used to be attempting to do my job. I perceive the NFL is attempting to guard the quarterback, however after they run the ball, they’re a working again. There’s a man working the ball, so I’m doing my job.”
Al Riveron, the NFL’s Senior Vice President of Officiating, defined on Twitter why Reid was ejected.
“Panthers Eric Reid was ejected for pointless roughness for forcible contact to the pinnacle and neck space of a sliding quarterback in #CARvsPIT,” Riveron wrote:
— NFL Officiating (@NFLOfficiating) November 9, 2018
Panthers coach Ron Rivera doesn’t assume Reid ought to’ve been ejected.
“I actually don’t,” Rivera stated after the sport. “I don’t assume he hit him laborious sufficient to eject him.”
After Reid’s hit to Roethlisberger’s head, Steelers offensive guard David DeCastro went after Reid and needed to be restrained.
Reid apologized to Roethlisberger for the hit.
And maybe he ought to apologize to teammates for the way he performed.
Other than his ejection for the unlawful hit which left them short-handed, he struggled in cross protection (together with different Panther defensive backs), in a sport that Roethlisberger threw 5 touchdowns and had an ideal 158.three QB ranking.
On the Steelers’ first rating, a 75-yard cross to broad receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, Reid was late coming over to supply security assist to cornerback James Bradberry. He was additionally late to the scene on a 12-yard TD cross to tight finish Vance McDonald.
Reid is taken into account an excellent “field security” as they are saying within the scouting world. This implies he’s excels in run assist and as a tackler, however struggles in house protecting quick targets.
Within the latest Panthers’ loss to the Redskins, Reid was beat by Washington tight finish Vernon Davis for 22-yard TD over the center.
Reid, whose been kneeling in the course of the Nationwide Anthem the final three seasons to protest police brutality and social injustice, was signed by the Panthers on September 28 after they misplaced beginning security Da’Norris Searcy to a concussion.
In Could, Reid filed a grievance towards the NFL, alleging that workforce and the league colluded to stop his employment because of his protests. Unemployed QB Colin Kaepernick, who began the anthem protest motion in the summertime of 2016, filed an analogous grievance. Reid didn’t drop the grievance after the Panthers signed him.
Some have been shocked the Panthers, who characterize two pink states, North and South Carolina, signed Reid, since it’d flip off some followers.
On Thursday, Panthers new proprietor David Tepper, a hedge-fund billionaire, commented for the primary time on why the workforce signed Reid.
“What did I say once I first got here right here?” Tepper stated in his hometown of Pittsburgh after the sport. “I stated the very first thing I wish to do is? Win. What was the second factor I stated I wished to do? That was additionally win. What was the third factor I wished to do? Sufficient stated.”
However Reid definitely didn’t assist the Panthers win Thursday night time.