NFL: Bobby Hart hit a Titans coach

NFL: Bobby Hart hit a Titans coach

The NFL suspended Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Bobby Hart for one game on Tuesday after he punched a Tennessee Titans coach after Monday night’s game.

He was suspended for violating unsportsmanlike conduct rules. Hart’s actions came late in the Bills’ 41-7 win. The coach Hart touched has not been identified by the NFL.

Hart would have liked to hit an opposing player, but his fist would have hit the head of a coach instead.

“Once you and your opponent were near the tunnel, you confronted him and immediately swung a clenched fist at him, hitting a Tennessee coach in the head. Your aggressive conduct could have caused serious injury and clearly does not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional,” NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan wrote in a statement.

According to Runyan, as other players shook hands in the end zone near the stadium tunnel leading to the team locker rooms, Hart was looking for a Titans player, whose identity has not been revealed, and had to be restrained by a trainer.

Hart is then accused of clenching his fist and punching a Titans coach.

Hart, who played three games with the Titans last season, is a reserve offensive lineman with the Bills. He played 25% of the team’s offensive streaks against the Titans, largely in the fourth quarter once the game was out of reach. He also played on special teams.

Hart is allowed to appeal the suspension, per the collective agreement. If he appeals, that hearing will take place before Derrick Brooks or James Thrash, the officers jointly appointed by the NFL and the Players Association. It’s unclear, however, if Hart plans to appeal the suspension.

Hart will be eligible to return to action on Monday, September 26 after the Bills’ Week 3 game against the Miami Dolphins.

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