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Seahawks' Quandre Diggs ejected for brutal helmet-to-helmet hit on Patriots WR N'Keal Harry

Jason Owens
·1-min read

This is why player safety rules exist.

Quandre Diggs delivered a brutal blow to New England Patriots wide receiver N’Keal Harry on Sunday that resulted in his ejection and likely further penalties for the Seattle Seahawks safety.

With the Sunday night game tied 7-7 late in the first quarter, the Patriots gambled on fourth-and-3 from the Seahawks’ 30-yard line. Quarterback Cam Newton looked to Harry over the middle and connected 12 yards downfield.

Harry hauled in the pass, and Diggs met him with a direct helmet-to-helmet blow.

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - SEPTEMBER 20: N'Keal Harry #15 of the New England Patriots is tackled by Shaquill Griffin #26 and Quandre Diggs #37 of the Seattle Seahawks during the first half at CenturyLink Field on September 20, 2020 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
N'Keal Harry (left) is tackled by Seahawks Shaquill Griffin (middle) and Quandre Diggs during the first half of Sunday's game. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)

Ugly hit from Seahawks safety

Harry somehow held onto the ball and immediately got up off the turf from the violent head shot. Yellow flags were thrown. After a brief discussion, officials announced that Diggs was ejected, and the Seahawks were docked a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

Harry stayed in the game, and the Patriots scored a go-ahead touchdown on a Newton run three plays later.

It’s remarkable that Harry didn’t suffer an injury on the play. Regardless, Diggs should expect to hear from NFL headquarters this week.

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