Leonard Fournette, Shaq Lawson ejected from Bills-Jaguars for throwing punches
Things have gotten chippy in Buffalo.
The Jacksonville Jaguars appeared to take the lead on the Bills on a would-be TD pass from Blake Bortles to Donte Moncrief in the third quarter, but that turned out to be the undercard of that eventful play.
After the officials ruled it a score, Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette was seen throwing a punch at Bills DE Shaq Lawson, and it led to a massive scrum in the end zone and even off the field between multiple players. Lawson then tried to throw a punch at Fournette. Jaguars RB Carlos Hyde also was seen shoving two Bills players, but no foul was called on him. A Bills fan also appeared to hit Fournette as the melee moved toward the stands.
Both Lawson and Fournette were ejected. As they were heading to the tunnel toward the locker room, both players had to be separated by team officials.
It was the first time either have been thrown out of an NFL game, but it was not Fournette’s first time getting involved in an in-game fracas. Last December, Fournette and some Seattle Seahawks players got into it during, of all things, a kneeldown.
Tensions flared at the end of the game between the teams as the Jaguars attempted to run out the clock in a 30-24 win. Fournette came to the aid of Jaguars C Brandon Linder, who was scrapping with then-Seahawks DE Michael Bennett.
Fournette was fined $12,154 for his role in the event, the only Jaguar to receive a fine. Several Seahawks, led by OL Germain Ifedi at $24,309, were hit with fines.
Expect Fournette and Lawson to each hear from the NFL on Sunday’s event.
What’s worse for the Jaguars, Moncrief’s catch was then ruled down at the 1-yard line. The Jaguars also had a second would-be TD called back, and they missed the ensuing field-goal try. That’s the kind of season it has been for the Jaguars, it would seem.