NFL safety Kareem Jackson has been suspended for four games after hitting Vikings quarterback Josh Dobbs on Sunday night, causing a fumble that led to the Broncos’ first score in their 21-20 win. Despite not being flagged on the field, the hit was deemed a serious violation of playing rules by NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan. Runyan stated that the league considers the hit a flagrant and illegal act that could have been avoided.
This is not Jackson’s first suspension for this type of violation. He had previously served a two-game suspension for violating the same rule against leading with his helmet in a previous game. However, that suspension was later reduced to two games on appeal. It is likely that Jackson will appeal this suspension as well, given his history of doing so.
Throughout this season, Jackson has been ejected from two games and fined four times for illegal hits, suggesting a pattern of behavior that the NFL is keen to crack down on. It seems that at some point, Jackson will have to change the way he plays in order to continue playing in the NFL.