By Ben Sullivan
The NFL has so little judgment that its commissioner originally suspended a player for two games when a videotape appeared that showed the player using his fiance as a punching bag.
So I guess it is not surprising that on Monday the NFL informed the Dallas Cowboys that Dwayne Harris’ hit on Nolan Carroll on a late punt return was mistakenly called a penalty in the final moments of the Eagles’ 33-10 win on Thanksgiving.
With 5:04 left in the game, Harris, the Cowboys’ punt returner, let a punt bounce and blind-sided Carroll with a vicious hit as Carroll watched the ball bounce near the sideline. The hit, which drew a flag for unnecessary roughness, sparked a shoving match between the two teams.
The Harris incident is the second time this season the NFL backpedaled on a flag thrown by an official on an alleged dirty hit against the Eagles. The league ruled Chris Baker’s hit on Nick Foles in a Week 3 game against the Washington Redskins was legal, even though officials had flagged it.
Here’s the Harris hit: