Broncos' Kareem Jackson suspended 4 games for brutal hit on Vikings' Joshua Dobbs
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The NFL suspended Denver Broncos cornerback Kareem Jackson on Monday following a controversial hit on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs, which caused a fumble and led to points for his team.
Jackson led with his helmet and made contact with Dobbs’ helmet on the play in the first quarter. But there was no foul called, and the Broncos scored a field goal on the next drive. Denver won the game 21-20.
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Quarterback Joshua Dobbs #15 of the Minnesota Vikings fumbles the football after being hit by safety Kareem Jackson #22 of the Denver Broncos during the first quarter of the NFL game at Empower Field At Mile High on November 19, 2023 in Denver, Colorado. (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
Jackson was suspended for four games without pay for repeated violations of the league’s rules meant to protect players, the league said.
NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote in a letter that Jackson broke the rule on leading with his helmet to make forcible contact against an opponent.
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"Illegal acts that are flagrant and jeopardize the safety of players will not be tolerated," Runyan wrote. "The League will continue to stress enforcement of the rules that prohibit using your helmet to make forcible contact with your opponent.
Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson (22) upends Minnesota Vikings tight end T.J. Hockenson (87) after a catch in the second quarter at Empower Field at Mile High November 19, 2023. (Andy Cross/MediaNews Group/The Denver Post via Getty Images)