During the Sunday night game against the Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson made a big hit on Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs that could have gone very wrong. The hit led to a fumble, but Dobbs went to the medical tent without missing a play. According to NBC rules analyst Terry McAulay, the hit should have been penalized with 15 yards for unnecessary roughness and possibly an ejection. Despite there being no penalty in the game, the NFL has stated that they will be reviewing Jackson’s hit for possible discipline.
Despite this incident, Jackson has been suspended two games and has accrued a fine of $89,670 this season alone for illegal hits. In an Associated Press interview, Jackson stated that his instincts and preparation lead him to be in those high-impact situations, and that he wouldn’t completely change his game. He also said that he would try to aim lower when going for tackles, but his style of play was on display again in the recent Vikings game and he was fortunate to avoid a penalty.