Broncos NFL review safety Kareem Jackson hit Vikings QB Josh Dobbs
NFL reviewing potential discipline for Broncos safety Jackson's hit on Vikings QB Dobbs, while Browns rookie Thompson-Robinson set to start against Denver.
The NFL is currently reviewing a hit by Broncos safety Kareem Jackson on Vikings quarterback Joshua Dobbs during Sunday night's game, with the potential for disciplinary action, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. Head coach Sean Payton has acknowledged the report and has already spoken with Jackson, who is a 35-year-old veteran.
Payton stated on Monday morning that there is nothing to do but wait and see what happens. Jackson returned to the field on Sunday after serving a two-game suspension for multiple unnecessary roughness penalties. He has been fined four times this season for illegal hits, totaling $89,670.
In his first game back, Jackson delivered a hit on Dobbs, resulting in a fumble forced by outside linebacker Baron Browning. Broncos cornerback Ja'Quan McMillian recovered the ball, and no flags were thrown on the play. Dobbs was evaluated in the medical tent but returned to the game on Minnesota's next possession. Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell expressed his belief that Jackson should have been penalized for the hit, stating that it appeared to be a direct helmet-to-helmet type of hit.
The timing of Jackson's hit is not ideal, as safety P.J. Locke is currently dealing with an ankle injury that kept him out of the Broncos' fourth-straight win. Payton mentioned that Locke is rehabbing, but it remains uncertain whether he will play in the upcoming game against the Cleveland Browns.
Regarding the Browns, head coach Kevin Stefanski has announced that rookie quarterback Dorian Thompson-Robinson will start against the Broncos next Sunday. This comes after Thompson-Robinson made his second career start in Cleveland's 13-10 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, throwing for 165 yards and an interception. The former UCLA standout took over the starting job after Cleveland's announcement that quarterback Deshaun Watson would undergo season-ending surgery to repair a broken bone in his throwing shoulder.