In the Cincinnati Bengals’ loss to the Houston Texans Sunday, the shorthanded Bengals seemed to avoid disaster when star wide receiver Ja’Marr Chase took a vicious shot to the head from linebacker Denzel Perryman.
His hit on Ja'Marr Chase in Sunday's game drew the ire of the league office. "You had unobstructed path to your opponent and the illegal contact could have been avoided," the NFL wrote in the suspension letter. Here's the play that drew unnecessary roughness flags pic.twitter.com/qXWXLpemL8— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) November 14, 2023
It was a clearly dirty hit, and surprisingly, Perryman was only flagged for the play, not ejected. Chase, who is already playing through a back injury, luckily wasn’t hurt on the play and remained in the game. Perryman led with the crown of his helmet, striking Chase in a very dangerous way.
On Tuesday, the NFL took notice, suspending Perryman for three games without pay for repeated violations of rules in place to protect the health and safety of players.
Here is the official announcement. pic.twitter.com/0hKGq4afr1— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 14, 2023
While the Chase hit was the last straw in the NFL’s eyes, Perryman was suspended due to his history of hits that are deemed unsafe by the league office.
Outside of that play, it seemed to be a fairly clean game, but the NFL has to act on plays like this if they truly care as much about player safety as they say they do. Thankfully, they took notice and made it clear that hits like this and others in Perryman’s history won’t go unnoticed.
Perryman will likely appeal the suspension.