Justin Simmons, Pat Surtain (and Tom Brady?) come to defense of Kareem Jackson

Denver Broncos safety Kareem Jackson was suspended four games on Monday after he launched himself headfirst into Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Dobbs on Sunday Night Football in Week 12.

The hit was not penalized during the game, but the NFL retroactively disciplined Jackson after reviewing the game film. Jackson was given such a harsh punishment because he is a repeat offender — the safety was previously fined four times, ejected twice and suspended for two games for prior offenses earlier this season.

Broncos safety Justin Simmons came to Jackson’s defense on Twitter/X on Monday.

“This is unbelievable,” Simmons said in response to the suspension. “Dobbs on this play was playing running back. The TE was under center, snapped the ball and tossed it back to Dobbs who isn’t defenseless. On a 3rd and 1, where you’re fighting for every yard, how are we supposed to stop a runner from falling forward?”

Simmons also pointed to a play from earlier this season that he says was a similar hit to Jackson’s. Simmons was not penalized for fined for his hit.

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Title: Justin Simmons, Pat Surtain (and Tom Brady?) come to defense of Kareem Jackson
Author: Jon Heath

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