In wake of Clemson’s punching fiasco this weekend, the flying-fists trickled over to the National Football League and joined the professional ranks Sunday. During the third-quarter, Atlanta Falcons running-back Devonta Freeman was ejected after punching All-Pro Los Angeles Rams defensive lineman Aaron Donald.
Freeman pulled on Donald’s helmet as the two shoved each other. The punch followed, thus inciting a scuffle between the two after Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan threw an interception on a tipped pass, while the Rams were leading 20-3. Donald proceeded to pick up Freeman by his armpits off the ground, while yelling and walking the RB backwards.
Both players were flagged for unnecessary roughness for their role in the incident.
Later, Ryan exited the game with an ankle injury and the Falcons were blown out by L.A. 37-10. The loss drops the team to 1-6, as they are losers of five straight. Atlanta team owner Arthur Blank spoke with the media, ushering support for highly-criticized head coach Dan Quinn who has been the subject of termination rumors following the team’s poor start to the season.
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