The Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Buffalo Bills entered their Thursday Night Football contest aiming to redeem themselves from their Week 7 letdowns — so emotions were bound to run high.
Unfortunately, the emotions spilled over in a near-ugly incident late in the second quarter involving one swing of a helmet.
What Transpired Between the Bills and Bucs That Led to a Helmet Swing?
With the Buccaneers lining up for a long Chase McLaughlin 57-yard field goal, the play ended with the Bucs’ Nick Leverett engaging with Bills DT Tim Settle that ended with both men getting tangled up.
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Ultimately, the two took their scuffle to the grass, which prompted the extracurricular moment after the field goal attempt.
However, as numerous Tampa Bay and Buffalo players attempt to break up the fight, McLaughlin appears to be seen taking a swing with his helmet.
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However, it was actually Tampa Bay punter Jake Camarda who used McLaughlin’s helmet as the weapon, which he swung at Buffalo pass rusher Greg Rousseau.
Were the Bucs Called for a Penalty?
The officials ended up picking up the flag after the altercation. McLaughlin managed to stay in the game and booted two more field goals.
Camarda was also not disciplined after the moment. Play continued on, and the Bills ended up taking a 17-10 lead into halftime.
Unfortunately, a move like what transpired with Camarda invoked memories of the infamous Myles Garrett and Mason Rudolph episode in 2019.
During their Thursday Night Football contest between the Cleveland Browns and Pittsburgh Steelers, Garrett took off his helmet and hit the Steelers’ backup quarterback on top of his head with it. Garrett was ultimately suspended for the rest of the season for the incident.
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