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Houston Texans' Denzel Perryman Suspended for Three Games Due to Repeated Violations


Perryman's suspension comes after his recent game with the Texans. Photo: Perryman's Instagram
Perryman's suspension comes after his recent game with the Texans. Photo: Perryman's Instagram

In a significant development, the NFL has suspended Houston Texans linebacker Denzel Perryman without pay for three games following repeated violations of playing rules aimed at protecting the health and safety of players. The suspension comes in the aftermath of a contentious play during Sunday's game against the Cincinnati Bengals.


NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan took decisive action, issuing the suspension based on a violation of Rule 12, Section 2, Article 10 (a). This rule explicitly states, "It is a foul if a player lowers his head and makes forcible contact with his helmet against an opponent."


In a letter addressed to Perryman, Runyan highlighted the specific incident that led to the suspension. He wrote, "With 4:07 remaining in the fourth quarter, you were involved in a play that the league considers a serious violation of the playing rules. You lowered your head and delivered a forcible blow to the shoulder and then the head/neck area of the receiver. You had an unobstructed path to your opponent, and the illegal contact could have been avoided."


Crucially, Runyan pointed out that Perryman's history includes multiple offenses for personal fouls of a similar nature, totaling six violations throughout his career. This consists of a prior incident in Week 2 against Indianapolis, where Perryman was fined for violating the same rule.

Perryman has had a great year so far with the Houston Texans. Photo: Perryman's Instagram
Perryman has had a great year so far with the Houston Texans. Photo: Perryman's Instagram

Runyan emphasized the severity of the repeated violations, stating, "When players violate the rules intended to protect player safety on a repeated basis, and particularly when the violations carry a significant risk of injury to an opposing player, it is appropriate to impose substantially greater penalties."


As a result of the suspension, Perryman will be sidelined for crucial upcoming games against Arizona, Jacksonville, and Denver. He becomes eligible to return to the Texans' active roster on Monday, Dec. 4, following the team's Dec. 3 game against the Broncos.


The Collective Bargaining Agreement grants Perryman the right to appeal the suspension. Any such appeal will be considered and decided by Derrick Brooks or James Thrash, both hearing officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to handle requests related to on-field player discipline. The outcome of the appeal process could have further implications for Perryman and the Texans as they navigate this challenging situation.














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