Dante Wesley is a total moron; gets 1-game suspension.

Carolina Panthers Dante Wesley was suspended for one game after his vicious hit on the Bucs Clifton Smith during a punt return on Sunday.

Wesley decided that since he got past his blockers and the ball hadn’t arrived yet that maybe he should just take the open shot while he has it. A brawl ensued and former Kansas standout Aqib Talib wanted his head for it. Luckily, Talib did not remove his helmet to use as a weapon, as he has done in the past.

Here is the full statement from the NFL:

Defensive back Dante Wesley of the Carolina Panthers has been suspended without pay for one game by NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson for a flagrant violation of player safety rules. Specifically, on a punt coverage play on Sunday, Wesley left his feet, launched himself and made shoulder and forearm contact with the neck and head area of Tampa Bay punt returner Clifton Smith, who had not caught or touched the ball and was in a defenseless posture.

The suspension will sideline Wesley for the Panthers’ game against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, October 25.

In a letter to Wesley, Anderson wrote: “The playing rules (Rule 10, Section 1, Article 1) specifically provide that a member of the kicking team is prohibited from interfering with a receiver attempting to catch an airborne kick. The prohibited contact in this case went well beyond simply interfering with the receiver. Instead, by striking your defenseless opponent in the head and neck area, you committed an unnecessary and unnecessarily dangerous act that is specifically prohibited by the rules.”

Anderson added: “Your actions are of particular concern in light of the emphasis that our office has placed on developing and enforcing rules designed to protect players from injury, including head and neck injuries. The safety of our players is paramount to all of us in the NFL.”

The 1-game suspension given to Wesley seems a bit light considering Smith could have suffered a severe neck injury. This is really not something you ever want to see and luckily we don’t see this kind of hit much more than once a season.


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