Falcons defender won't face ban for illegal hit on Panthers QB: report


Atlanta Falcons defensive end Charles Harris was ejected from Thursday night's game against the Panthers after he delivered a jarring blow to the head and neck of Carolina QB Teddy Bridgewater -- but apparently he won't be subject to any further sanctions.

The NFL will review Harris' third-quarter hit on Bridgewater as part of standard procedure for such plays, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, but the league wasn't expected to suspend the veteran defensive end.

On the play, Bridgewater drops back to pass, and is first tripped up by Atlanta linebacker Dante Fowler, who stuck out his leg as Bridgewater was stepping up to make a throw or potentially take off on a scramble.

Bridgewater stumbles forward a few steps before awkwardly touching down on the turf on his seat, but Harris swoops in late with a forearm-shiver the appeared to bend Bridgewater's neck and rattle his head inside his helmet.

Several Panthers players rushed to the defense of their signal-caller, while players on both sides appeared to push and shove each other as tempers flared.

Bridgewater exited the game briefly to be examined, before later returning.

It appeared Fowler could have potentially been flagged for tripping, but the officials seemed to miss it.

The incident conjured memories of the Cowboys-Washington game, when linebacker Jon Bostic delivered a knockout blow to the head of Dallas QB Andy Dalton with a forearm.

Bostic, too, was ejected but faced no further additional penalties.

Harris, a fourth-year pro out of Mizzou, is in his first season with the Falcons after spending his first three years with Miami. The Dolphins drafted the 25-year-old in the first round in 2017.

The Falcons went on to beat the Panthers, 25-17. Atlanta improved to 2-6, while Carolina fell to 3-5.

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