T.J. Ward - still a jackass.
The Broncos' safety was ejected from his team's putrid 29-13 loss to the underwhelming Kansas City Chiefs when he threw a punch to the face of Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin on an 80-yard catch and run by running back Charcandrick West that resulted in a touchdown. Ward was flagged on the play for unsportsmanlike conduct and was subsequently tossed.
You can watch the play below.
**CHARC ATTACK WARNING** And this one is going 80 yards to the house! #KCvsDEN https://t.co/X2RzzpbAEu— NFL (@NFL) November 16, 2015
According to ESPN, he will not be suspended for the punch. INTEGRITY!
Patriots fans know Ward well, and know first hand he has a reputation for being a dirty player. The rest of the world is starting to take notice. Ward, of course, made headlines when he went for Rob Gronkowski's knee in 2013 as a member of the Cleveland Browns. Gronkowski tore his ACL and MCL as a result of the low hit by Ward and missed the remainder of that season.
With the Broncos last year, Ward again tried to target Gronkowski's knee in Week 9, but Gronk escaped the hit without sustaining an injury.
The Broncos are building a reputation of having dirty players on defense. Two weeks ago, Von Miller and Aqib Talib were at the center of controversy. Talib poked Colts tight end Dwayne Allen in the eye and was suspended for one game, and Miller kneed offensive lineman Jack Doyle after a play.
Reminiscent of Patriots fans having fears over the potential for a dirty play by the Miami Dolphins defense, I'm beginning to have fears of a Broncos player taking a cheap shot at a Patriot. With the offensive line still in flux and Julian Edelman and Dion Lewis no longer in the fold, the Patriots cannot afford to lose anyone else.
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