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Shamarko Thomas of Indianapolis Colts first to be ejected under NFL's new helmet rule


Aug 11, 2018 5:56 PM 5+ mon ago

SEATTLE -- Indianapolis Colts safety Shamarko Thomas became the first play to draw an ejection under the league's new rule governing helmet hits. Thomas was ejected with 5:43 left in the Colts' preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks when he lowered his head and made helmet-to-helmet contact with wide receiver David Moore on a deep incompletion. Earlier in the game, Seahawks cornerback Akeem King drew a 15-yard penalty for lowering his head to initiate contact. Both Thomas' and King's hits also drew 15-yard penatlies. NFL owners in March passed a rule that expanded penalties for contact involving helmets, including the potential for players to be ejected for lowering their heads to initiate contact with their helmets against an opponent.Read more.

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