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Melvin Ingram should be fined and/or suspended for this cheap shot on Trevor Siemian

A cheap shot is a cheap shot. Melvin Ingram was looking to injure Trevor Siemian with this blow by launching himself helmet first into Siemian’s neck.

The dirtiest play of Week 1 would likely be this cheap shot on Trevor Siemian from Melvin Ingram during the Denver Broncos 24-21 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday night.

As enraging as it is to watch as a Broncos fan, it is unlikely Melvin Ingram will get suspended for this hit. Only a handful of players have received suspensions for cheap hits, including Vontaze Burfict in 2016, along with Odell Beckham Jr. and Aqib Talib in 2015.

That said, Ingram absolutely needs to receive a hefty fine for his unsportsmanlike hit on Siemain.

As ten_fiver mentioned in the comments below, this was clearly a hit worthy of suspension and/or fine according to NFL Rules:

Section 2-Article 9, Roughing the Passer

In covering the passer position, Referees will be particularly alert to fouls in which defenders impermissibly use the helmet and/or facemask to hit the passer, or use hands, arms, or other parts of the body to hit the passer forcibly in the head or neck area (see also the other unnecessary roughness rules covering these subjects). A defensive player must not use his helmet against a passer who is in a defenseless posture—for example, (1) forcibly hitting the passer’s head or neck area with the helmet or facemask, even if the initial contact of the defender’s helmet or facemask is lower than the passer’s neck, and regardless of whether the defensive player also uses his arms to tackle the passer by encircling or grasping him; or (2) lowering the head and making forcible contact with the top/crown or "hairline" parts of the helmet against any part of the passer’s body. This rule does not prohibit incidental contact by the mask or non-crown parts of the helmet in the course of a conventional tackle on a passer.

Disciplinary actions:

The process for a play to be reviewed for potential disciplinary action starts with the NFL Officiating Department reviewing every play of every game. Any play involving a violation that needs to be reviewed for possible discipline, whether flagged on the field or not, is referred to Executive Vice President of Football Operations Ray Anderson and his staff, which includes Director of Football Operations Merton Hanks, a nine-year NFL veteran (1991-99). Merton Hanks or Ray Anderson makes the initial determination for discipline for on-field violations.


How should Melvin Ingram be punished for this dirty hit?

This poll is closed

  • 67%
    Suspension & Fined
    (3359 votes)
  • 27%
    Only Fined
    (1346 votes)
  • 5%
    Nothing, it was a clean hit
    (272 votes)
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