Vikings Safety Andrew Sendejo Suspended For Sunday's Game vs. Browns

Ruben Hill
October 24, 2017

- A bruising first quarter hit during Sunday's game landed Vikings' safety Andrew Sendejo with a one-game suspension, the league announced Monday.

Sendejo's hit on Ravens receiver Mike Wallace on Baltimore's seconds series of the game was directly to the head.

Following the play, officials chose to flag Sendejo for unnecessary roughness and gave possession back to Baltimore despite Minnesota recovering the football after Wallace dropped it during the hit. Wallace sat out the rest of the game after going into the NFL's concussion protocol.

"The violation was flagrant and warrants a suspension because it could have been avoided", Jon Runyan, NFL VP of Football Operations said in a letter to Sendejo.

But he can appeal the suspension within three business days. Wallace's left knee was nearly touching the ground when he was hit near the head and neck area by Sendejo.

"I think the receiver took five steps after he caught the ball", Zimmer said of Wallace. I think he hit him with a glancing blow. "He established position as a runner, took two extra steps". Zimmer likely was much angrier with the news that a penalty flag wasn't the only punishment Sendejo got.

Following Sendejo's hit Sunday, Wallace lost the ball and it was recovered by Vikings cornerback Xavier Rhodes. "But in my opinion, he was a runner".

The Minnesota Vikings stand to be without one of their starting safeties next week when the team travels to London to face the Cleveland Browns. He played in Sendejo's place when the Vikings' starter was injured against the Green Bay Packers.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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