John Ridgeway got away with it once, and the Minnesota Vikings took note. On their extra-point attempt midway through the fourth quarter, following Dalvin Cook’s game-tying touchdown, Ridgeway, the Commanders’ rookie defensive tackle, slid to the center of the line after the snap and all but ran through the Vikings’ long-snapper before standing and raising his arms to try to block the kick. There wasn’t a flag, but Minnesota made sure to alert the officials for the future – a future that came in the game’s final moments. With 1:52 remaining, Vikings kicker Greg Joseph attempted a 22-yard field goal. Ridgeway, this time lined up on the left side, again slid across the line and toppled the long snapper. Ridgeway’s arm appeared to headlock the snapper as he lurched forward. Officials immediately threw a flag for unnecessary roughness. Because the snapper was considered defenseless, hitting him in the head or neck area, “even if the initial contact is lower than the player’s neck, and regardless of whether the defensive player also uses his arms to tackle the defenseless player by encircling or grasping him” is a violation, according to the NFL rule book. After the game, Walt Anderson, the NFL’s… Read full this story
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