No player puts their fingerprints on more controversial plays or confrontations than Seahawks Pro Bowl cornerback Richard Sherman.
Last night in Buffalo, he was involved in another controversial play in Seattle’s 31-25 win that many are calling a dirty hit.
With seconds remaining in the first half, Sherman prematurely timed the snap count on Dan Carpenter’s 53-yard field goal attempt, drawing a flag for offsides. Despite the call, he launched his body into Carpenter’s legs, forcing him to briefly leave the game. The play caused an uproar on the Buffalo sidelines that Sherman wasn’t flagged for roughing the kicker and ejected from the game.
Whether you think it’s a cheap shot, or not, probably depends on whether you like or loathe the polarizing Sherman.
Here is the Sherman field goal block attempt. Whistle doesn’t sound until *after* Sherman makes contact. Play to the whistle. pic.twitter.com/F5zib4VKtL
— Ben B (@guga31bb) November 8, 2016
Following the game, Sherman said he was going for the ball and not the kicker, and he only continued because Carpenter followed through with the kick after the whistle.
NFL Senior Vice President of officiating Dean Blandino tweeted out that the hit should have drawn a flag for roughing the kicker, but not an ejection. Oops.
At the end of the half in #BUFvsSEA its unnecessary roughness for hitting the kicker. Foul means he can stay in the game.
— Dean Blandino (@DeanBlandino) November 8, 2016
Richard Sherman. All-Pro lightning rod.