Compared to other sports, an ejection in an NFL game is incredibly rare.
Generally, you have to screw up pretty badly to get ejected, usually either for fighting, excessive personal fouls, or making contact with an official.
In Sunday’s game between the Arizona Cardinals and Seattle Seahawks, Arizona offensive lineman DJ Humphries was ejected for making contact with an official.
This is what DJ Humphries got ejected for.
Getting pushed in the head and missing his return slap pic.twitter.com/seUMPrei51
— Sam Monson (@PFF_Sam) October 22, 2023
Humphries got a bit of a raw deal, here. He was hit first by Jordyn Brooks and tried to slap back but hit the ref instead. It didn’t seem to be his intention, but it’s just one of those rules where there’s a zero-tolerance policy for it. Kelvin Beachum replaced Humphries at left tackle following the ejection.
Cardinals quarterback Joshua Dobbs threw an interception on the play, but it was negated by a roughing the passer penalty. However, Humphries’ penalty turned it into a 1st and 25 for the Cardinals.
On the very next play, however, Dobbs scored a 25-yard rushing touchdown on a designed quarterback run.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) October 22, 2023
Seattle went on to answer with a touchdown of their own to go into the half with a 14-10 lead over their division rivals.
It’s unclear if Humphries will be suspended for the contact, but he can almost certainly expect to receive a fine from the NFL this week.
[Sam Monson, Photo Credit: Fox]