Once upon a time, the Houston Texans selected Kareem Jackson, cornerback from Alabama, in the NFL Draft. Jackson would go on to start 124 games for the Texans before the former regime let him walk away in free agency.
While Jackson was never really one to carry the “dirty player” tag, it seems he might be making up for lost time this season.
Kareem Jackson Suspended Four Games
NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan issued the suspension for violations of Rule 12, Section 2, Article 9 (b)(1) which states that “it is a foul if a player forcibly hits the defenseless player’s head or neck area with the helmet, facemask, forearm, or shoulder, even if the initial contact is lower than the player’s neck, and regardless of whether the defensive player also uses his arms to tackle the defenseless player by encircling or grasping him.”
Against Green Bay, Jackson was penalized and disqualified for an act of unnecessary roughness. In a letter to Jackson, Runyan wrote:
“On the play in question, you delivered a forceful blow to the head/neck area of a defenseless receiver, when you had the time and space to avoid such contact. You could have made contact with your opponent within the rules, yet you chose not to.”
Runyan noted that Jackson has had multiple offenses for personal fouls this season for violating player safety-related rules, including a similarly flagrant hit in a Week 2 game against Washington for which he was disqualified.
Jackson will be suspended for games against the Kansas City Chiefs, Buffalo Bills, Minnesota Vikings, and Cleveland Browns and is eligible to return to the Broncos’ active roster on Monday, November 27, following the team’s November 26 game against the Browns.
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Jackson may appeal the suspension. Any appeal will be heard and decided by either Derrick Brooks or James Thrash, the hearing officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.
Kareem Jackson has been suspended 4 games for this hit— PFF (@PFF) October 23, 2023
There’s definitely a list of names Jackson aspired to have his name on, but this one likely isn’t it:
Via @NFLResearch: Kareem Jackson’s 4-game suspension is the longest for violating a player-safety rule since Vontaze Burfict (12 games) and Myles Garrett (6 games) in 2019. Burfict was for targeting and Garrett was for unsportsmanlike conduct (swinging helmet at Mason Rudolph). https://t.co/TDTH85i1fA— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 23, 2023
So far in 2023, there haven’t been any signs of “dirty” play out of the current Texans roster.
How do you think head coach DeMeco Ryans would handle this if Jackson was still suiting up in Battle Red?