Bengals' Green, Jaguars' Ramsey ejected for fighting
Taunting in 1st half leads to scuffle involving punches, body-slam
Cincinnati Bengals receiver A.J. Green and Jacksonville Jaguars cornerback Jalen Ramsey have been ejected for fighting, after Green body-slammed Ramsey and threw punches at him.
Ramsey appeared to be taunting Green most of the first half. On the next-to-last play of the second quarter, Ramsey pushed Green to the ground at the end of a running play.
AJ Green snapping on Jalen Ramsey and puts him in a chokehold 👀 <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/CINvsJAX?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#CINvsJAX</a> <a href="https://t.co/cOvK1RVvur">pic.twitter.com/cOvK1RVvur</a>—@CaseyBake16
Green got up, grabbed Ramsey around the neck, slammed him to the ground and delivered numerous punches. Players from both teams rushed onto the field, with several exchanging words and pushing, but coaches and officials kept it from escalating.
Officials ejected Green and Ramsey.
Ramsey's push started the fight, but Green likely faces more serious discipline because of his violent reaction, particularly throwing punches.
"I should have walked off in that situation," Green said. "It's never going to happen again. I regret my actions. Whatever my punishments are I accept them because I put myself in that situation... I've got to control my emotions better. I've got to handle my stuff better. I can't put myself in a situation like that, hurt my team and not be able to play."
The dominant Jaguars went on to a 23-7 victory.
Tempers flare between Bucs, Saints
The Saints extended their winning streak to six when Drew Brees completed 81.2 per cent of his passes for 263 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-10 victory over reeling Tampa Bay on Sunday.
A scuffle erupted in the third quarter and appeared to be ignited when quarterback Jameis Winston vigorously pressed his finger into the back of rookie cornerback Marshon Lattimore's helmet during a dead-ball period between a failed third-down pass and a punt.
Mike Evans is thinking protect Jameis Winston at all costs..<a href="https://t.co/tMPFFWZOXc">pic.twitter.com/tMPFFWZOXc</a>—@LeadingNFL
Lattimore turned and shoved Winston, after which receiver Mike Evans levelled Lattimore from behind.
Saints defensive back De'Vante Harris then came charging into the melee to defend Lattimore. As the scuffle was broken up, Saints coach Sean Payton marched halfway across the field, gesturing angrily at the Tampa Bay bench before officials chased him back to the Saints' sideline.
The score was 30-3 at the time. Evans was called for unnecessary roughness. There were no ejections.