Jerry Jeudy’s week got a little better after his explosive three-touchdown performance against the Kansas City Chiefs.
The Denver Broncos’ wide receiver will reportedly not be suspended for a week 14 outburst in which he punched an official after a game, according to NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.
However, Jeudy is expected to receive fines for multiple rule violations, including contact with an official and removing his helmet on the field.
Physical contact with an official carries a $37,232 fine on the first offense, according to the NFL’s collective bargaining agreement with the players. Verbal or other non-physical contact with an officer is a fine of $29,785. Although taking off a helmet is not on the list of fines, the NFL recently fined Carolina Panthers fine Stephen Sullivan $4,583 for unsportsmanlike conduct when he removed his helmet after a touchdown by teammate DJ Moore.
Jeudy told reporters after the game that the outburst came after he felt the umpires missed a watch call for him in the second quarter. It also happened while the Broncos trailed by a significant margin and before Jeudy caught all three of his touchdown passes.
“In that particular game I was held,” Jeudy said. “I was just frustrated because we didn’t get it going, so I was playing there with frustration because I wanted to play something for my team. I feel like I was just being held at the time and that should have been called but I need to know how to control my anger and just move on.
Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett added that he spoke to Jeudy as soon as officials told him what had happened and that they immediately resolved the issue.
“We dealt with it right away. We talked to him — he definitely knew he was wrong,” Hackett said. “That’s unacceptable. You can’t do that. We’ve dealt with that and I know he’s acting like he can’t. I know he was very frustrated at the time, but that’s just something you can’t do.”
Jeudy was not penalized or ejected for the play
Oddly enough, Jeudy did not receive any penalties during the game, despite NFL rules saying otherwise.
First, Jeudy should have been ejected from the game, according to the official NFL rulebook. Jeudy should also have received an unsportsmanlike 15 meter penalty for making physical contact with an official.
Two players were ejected earlier this season for contacting an official: Arizona Cardinals offensive lineman Will Hernandez in Week 4 against the Carolina Panthers. Buffalo Bills edge rusher AJ Epenesa in Week 5 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. But neither was suspended or fined for their offense.
Both Hernandez and Epenesa were ejected by the same umpire – John Hussey – so perhaps it is more at the umpire’s discretion whether the severity of the contact warrants an ejection. Marshawn Lynch was ejected and then suspended for one game in 2017 after shoving line judge Julian Mapp during a fight between the Kansas City Chiefs and the then-Oakland Raiders. Jeudy, meanwhile, made contact with linesman Tripp Sutter during the Broncos-Chiefs game.