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Derek Barnett will not be suspended for brutal hit on Jamaal Williams

Jamaal Williams

Derek Barnett was the one who delivered the hit that resulted in Jamaal Williams being carted off the field on Thursday night, but the Philadelphia Eagles defensive end is not expected to be suspended for it.

Officials chose not to eject Barnett from the game because they felt the helmet shot was not egregious, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that he could be fined but will not face a suspension. The league apparently agrees that Barnett did not intentionally aim for the head.

Just a few minutes after the start of Philadelphia’s win over the Green Bay Packers, Williams caught a short pass from Aaron Rodgers and was stood up by a few Eagles players. His forward progress appeared to be stopped when Barnett came in and delivered a big blow.

Williams was strapped to a backboard and taken off the field on a stretcher, but the Packers announced soon after that he had movement and feeling in all of his limbs.

Hits always appear worse in slow motion, but the league probably could have justified a suspension with the way Barnett came charging in after Williams’ forward progress was stopped. He’s fortunate if he gets away with just a fine.

Williams was actually one of two players who were stretchered off the field during Thursday night’s game, but fortunately both are expected to be fine.

Aaron Rodgers holds right hand, wrist after big strip sack from Derek Barnett

Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers was holding his right hand and wrist area after losing a fumble on a strip sack by Derek Barnett just before halftime of “Thursday Night Football” between his Green Bay Packers and the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Packers had a 2nd-and-6 at their 29 with two minutes left in the half as they trailed 14-13 to the Eagles. Barnett blew around Marcedes Lewis and came up on an unsuspecting Rodgers and swatted the ball out of the quarterback’s hand. Rodgers was grabbing his right hand after being swatted.

Rodgers was later shown throwing on the sidelines, indicating any potential injury was not serious. Rodgers returned to the field after the Eagles scored a touchdown to go up 21-13 following the fumble recovery.

Rodgers was 13/16 for 180 yards prior to losing the fumble, which helped the Eagles extend their lead from one to eight points.