Colts coach Frank Reich and his tight end Jack Doyle have differing opinions on the illegal hit that had Raiders linebacker Vontaze Burfict ejected Sunday in Oakland's 31-24 win over Indianapolis.
Doyle, who was on the other end of Burfict's helmet-to-helmet hit, didn't seem too fazed by the violent blow.
"I just got tackled," Doyle said. "I'm sure it looked worse than it was. I didn't really feel anything from it. My helmet protected me."
But the NFL thought otherwise. Burfict was suspended for the remainder of the 2019 season. He's on his way home from London now, his agent told NFL Media's Ian Rapoport, and will appeal the suspension.
Reich, however, seems happy with the league's decision.
"Just thankful the league took action like it did," Reich told reporters Monday. "When someone does something like that, attacks one of your players, it's not supposed to be in the game. Glad they did what they did. Actions feel very appropriate."
Burfict has been fined or suspended multiple times now for illegal hits. The NFL said in a statement that the eight-year pro's "extensive history of rules violations" played a part in their ruling.
While a season-long suspension, which will be the final 12 regular-season games at least, seems tough but Burfict does have quite the rap sheet.