The NFL has determined that Seattle Seahawks safety Bradley McDougald’s big hit on Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper should’ve been flagged for unnecessary roughness, and as a result they’re slapping McDougald with a fine.
Adam Schefter reported on Saturday that McDougald will have to pay up $26,739 to the league.
This should have been a flag pic.twitter.com/jImj5CCi9P— Ben Baldwin (@benbbaldwin) October 14, 2018
Cooper suffered a concussion on the play and did not return.
Two weeks ago against the Los Angeles Rams, safety Tedric Thompson had a helmet-to-helmet collision with Brandin Cooks, who was similarly out for the rest of the game with a concussion in the aftermath. Thompson wasn’t flagged on the play and the NFL ruled the hit as a legal one.
When explaining McDougald’s hit as illegal, NFL senior VP of officiating Al Riveron said in his weekly video review that it was “lowering your head to initiate contact” and it was on a defenseless player.
Also of note, Riveron says that the screen pass to Rashaad Penny on Seattle’s opening possession should’ve been called back due to a chop block on J.R. Sweezy.