Jadeveon Clowney will not be penalized, fine for helmet to helmet hit on Carson Wentz

January 10, 2020
Peter Socotch-Yahoo! Sports

Seattle Seahawks defensive end Jadeveon Clowney will not be penalized for his helmet to helmet hit that knocked Eagles QB out of last Sunday’s Wild Card in Philadelphia.

Wentz remained in the game until the end of the series, but was eventually taken to the medical tent for evaluation with a concussion specialist. Wentz was later escorted to the Eagles locker room where he was eventually ruled out.

There was no flag thrown on the play that knocked Wentz out. But why?

Referee Shawn Smith explains:

“He (Wentz) was a runner and he did not give himself up,” Smith said via pool reporter Zach Berman. “We saw incidental contact, and in our judgment, we didn’t rule that to be a foul.”

While the play drew ire from Eagles fans, Clowney insists he wasn’t playing dirty.

“It was a bang-bang play,” Clowney said. “I don’t intend to hurt anybody in this league, let me just put that out there. I’ve been down the injury road; it’s not fun. My intention was not to hurt him. I was just playing fast.”

The Seahawks went on to win the wild-card game, 17-9 and will face the Packers in the divisional playoffs Sunday at Lambeau Field.

And they’ll do it with Clowney in uniform.

Jadeveon Clowney will not be penalized, fined for helmet to helmet hit on Carson Wentz originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest.


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