With 1:47 remaining in the first half Sunday, Commanders quarterback Sam Howell looked to Thomas in the end zone on fourth and goal from the four-yard line. Jackson launched himself head first at Thomas as the ball arrived and hit him in the facemask with the crown of his helmet. Thomas held on to the ball for a touchdown, but he remained on his back for several moments after the hit.
Thomas’ teammates confronted Jackson before officials broke the scuffle up. Officials quickly ejected Jackson for the hit. Thomas eventually left the field on his own, and the Commanders announced that he was being evaluated for a concussion before ruling him out. The Commanders cut their deficit to 21-11 with the touchdown and subsequent two-point conversion.
The NFL fined Jackson $14,819 on Saturday for his Week 1 hit on Meyers against the Las Vegas Raiders. Jackson lowered his head and made direct contact with Meyers after Meyers made a catch, leaving the Raiders receiver concussed.
“Obviously, we don’t play this game to hurt guys,” Jackson told reporters of his hit on Meyers. “It’s a tough sport we play. … Unfortunately stuff like that happens. Definitely sending my thoughts and prayers to him.”
Meyers remained sidelined in Sunday’s loss to the Buffalo Bills after being ruled out with the concussion. Jackson likely faces further discipline from the NFL after Sunday’s hit on Thomas.
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