We already know that the NFL is serious about player safety and health on the field. It’s why the league has some of the most intense rules regarding helmet-to-helmet hits and late hits.
Minnesota Vikings star safety Harrison Smith found that out first-hand during Sunday’s Week 4 game against the Houston Texans. The five-time Pro Bowler was ejected in the first half after this helmet-to-helmet hit on Texans tight end Jordan Akins.
You be the judge.
It does appear that Smith might have led with his helmet some. Enough to warrant an ejection? Never one to keep his thoughts to himself, Vikings head coach Mike Zimmer didn’t seem to think so.
For his part, Akins was removed from the game and is being evaluated for a concussion.
If you zoom in on the hit, it does seem like Smith attempted to get his shoulder out in front. Should have intent played a role here? The whole play was certainly up for debate around the social media world.