Cincinnati Bengals safety Shawn Williams was ejected Sunday for unnecessary roughness on a hit on Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
Though the game officiating crew initially did not opt to eject Williams, the crew later announced upon further discussion that Williams would be disqualified.
Luck scrambled out of the pocket and rushed left on a third-and-7. As Cincinnati defensive end Michael Johnson brought luck to the ground, Williams launched himself at Luck, hitting the quarterback in the helmet with his helmet and left shoulder.
The play happened with 3:10 left to play in the first quarter.
Al Riveron, the NFL's senior vice president of officiating, wrote that he confirmed the ruling. A league spokesman confirmed to USA TODAY Sports that the ejection for unnecessary roughness rather than the new helmet rule.
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