The Monday Night Football showdown between the Buffalo Bills and Tennessee Titans couldn’t have gone much better for Buffalo as they dominated the game for a 41-7 victory. However, a fracas after the game is going to cost them one of their offensive linemen for one game due to a violation of NFL unsportsmanlike conduct rules.
Bills‘ backup lineman Bobby Hart was officially suspended by the league without pay on Monday after he tried to punch a Titans player but ended up hitting one of their coaches instead.
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Per ESPN, NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote, in a letter to Hart, that “As both teams were heading to the tunnel, you walked directly across the field to seek out your opponent. You approached him near the end zone and a coach had to hold you back as others shook hands.
“Once you and your opponent were in the end zone near the tunnel, you confronted him and immediately swung at him with a closed fist, striking the head of a Tennessee coach. Your aggressive conduct could have caused serious injury and clearly does not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional.”
The incident didn’t really make the rounds until the announcement of the suspension, though a few folks on Twitter did catch it when it happened. According to one person, Hart’s beef appeared to be with defensive tackle Jeffrey Simmons.
Bobby hart waits for Simmons by tunnel and takes a swing 👀👀👀
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Hart saw action on 25 percent of the Bills’ snaps on Monday night, coming off the bench largely during the fourth quarter. He also appeared on the field during some special teams’ plays.
Hart has the opportunity to appeal the suspension. But if he doesn’t, he will miss the Bills’ Week 3 game against the AFC East rival Miami Dolphins.