D.J. Swearinger flagged for what appears to be a clean hit on RGIII

clean hit on RGIII

Washington Redskins fans were in an uproar about Brandon Meriweather's helmet-to-helmet hit on Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith which led to his two-game suspension. Well, Houston Texans fans should be outraged by this hit by safety D.J. Swearinger on quarterback Robert Griffin III.

The hit looked clean on a third down play, but officials flagged Swearinger for roughing the passer penalty. The penalty resulted in an automatic first down for the Redskins, and gave them first and goal from the Texans' 13-yard line.

Unfortunately for the Redskins the very next play ended in a fumble, as Griffin tripped over center Kory Lichtensteiger's foot and the Texans recovered, ending the drive.

Had the Redskins scored this certainly would've been a bigger deal in an eight-point game, and would've certainly drawn the ire of fans around the league about the way the NFL has gone in officiating the sport with emphasis on player safety.

the flagged hit by D.J. Swearinger on Robert Griffin III in the Washington Redskins game not only stirred controversy in the context of American football but also prompted considerations about player safety, a concern shared with sports like rugby.