NFL suspends Texans LB Denzel Perryman for 3 games after violent hit against Bengals, cites 'repeated' violations


(SportsRadio 610) - Texans linebacker Denzel Perryman is suspended for three games without pay for what the NFL is calling "repeated violations" of playing rules intended for safety.

The suspension comes on the heels of Perryman's fourth quarter hit against Ja'Marr Chase, which the linebacker was penalized for lowering the crown of his helmet and hitting Chase head-to-head.

NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan issued the suspension and wrote in a letter to Perryman that the league considered his hit on a Chase "a serious violation of the playing rules." Runyan also noted Perryman's multiple offenses for personal fouls of the same type, citing six violations throughout his nine-year career, including in Week 2 against the Indianapolis Colts, when he was fined for a similar violation.

Perryman will be suspended for games against the Arizona Cardinals, Jacksonville Jaguars and Denver Broncos, but is allowed to appeal the suspension under the collective bargaining agreement.

Texans legend J.J. Watt and current offensive lineman Tytus Howard both objected to the suspension.

Without Perryman, expect to see more of Christian Harris, Blake Cashman and Henry To'oTo'o when he returns from concussion protocol.

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