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Thursday was a day to forget for the Carolina Panthers, and the officials added insult to injury when they ejected safetyEric Reidlate in the third quarter of the matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Reid was ejected for a hit againstBen Roethlisbergerwhen the quarterback was scrambling downfield and starting to slide. Reid’s shoulder hit Roethlisberger’s head as he dove for the sliding quarterback, and NFL Officiating provided an explanation:
“@Panthers Eric Reid was ejected for unnecessary roughness for forcible contact to the head and neck area of a sliding quarterback in #CARvsPIT.” – AL https://t.co/1MbDzjkrLK
Even though Reid was ejected for the play and drew the ire of some of the Steelers, he showed Roethlisberger some respect before he left the field:
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David DeCastro gets in Eric Reid’s face after a late hit on Ben Roethlisberger https://t.co/atDCyG1KOs
Great moment of sportsmanship between Eric Reid and Big Ben. 🙏 https://t.co/2ARcHKovzk
Pittsburgh ultimately scored on the possession to go up 45-14 and continue its dominance.
It was a far different showing for Reid than in Carolina’s last game, a 42-28 divisional victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He notched an interception andreceivedthe game ball in that showing.