Colts safety 1st to be ejected for new helmet rule

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SEATTLE — Indianapolis Colts safety Shamarko Thomas became the first player to draw an ejection under the NFL’s new rule governing helmet hits.

Thomas was ejected with 5 minutes, 43 seconds left in the Colts’ preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks when he lowered his head and made helmet-to-helmet contact with wide receiver David Moore on a deep incompletion.

“It was the appropriate call,” Colts head coach Frank Reich said. “He should have been ejected. That should not be part of the game. That could have been avoided. Should have been avoided. The officials did the right thing.”

Earlier in the game, Seahawks cornerback Akeem King drew a 15-yard penalty for lowering his head to initiate contact. Thomas’ hit also drew a 15-yard penalty.

NFL owners in March passed a rule that expanded penalties for contact involving helmets, including the potential for players to be ejected for lowering their heads to initiate contact with their helmets against an opponent.

ESPN’s Mike Wells contributed to this report.



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