NFL won’t issue suspensions to Jaguars, Seahawks from fight
In the waning moments of Sunday’s game between the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks, tension brewed over into altercations on the field between various players.
Seahawks defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson and Quinton Jefferson both got ejected from the contest with less than a minute left. Despite all of that, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network is reporting that no suspensions will be levied by the NFL in response to the incident.
From the #Aftermath: Players for the #Jaguars and #Seahawks won’t be suspended for their late-game actions, but the league is reviewing Bennett, Jefferson, Richardson, Fournette and others. pic.twitter.com/OMf3Bf5pKK
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) December 11, 2017
The NFL will likely take the route of issuing heavy fines toward a number of the players involved in the incident, such as Jefferson, Richardson, Michael Bennett, and Leonard Fournette, among others. The situation spilled over to a few fans near the bench throwing alcoholic beverages at Jefferson as he exited the field. He responded by charging the stands to confront the fans in question, harkening images of the old ‘Malice at the Palace’ incident between the Indiana Pacers and Detroit Pistons.
There was anticipation that the league would hand out suspensions to the players involved, but they have instead decided to hold off on doing so. This could have to do with both teams being in the playoff hunt.
The league is expected to hand out hefty fines at some point early this week, well ahead of Week 15 action.