The Cleveland Browns are mad, and for a lot of reasons. Not only were they shellacked by the Pittsburgh Steelers 30-9 in Week 10 of the NFL season, moving their record to 2-8, but several players, like Travis Benjamin, are angry over a hit from Steelers OLB Jarvis Jones on Browns WR Andrew Hawkins.
The hit gave Hawkins his second concussion of the 2015 season, landing him in a Pittsburgh hospital overnight for observation.
Benjamin told Mary Kay Cabot of Cleveland.com the hit was "unacceptable", but didn't stop there.
"Yeah, he kind of left his feet, which is unacceptable,'' Benjamin said. "When he left his feet and kind of launched into Hawk, he could have easily just passed by. ... But it's the game of football. Those guys are looking to take our heads off and it's the same thing towards us."
The game was extremely physical, as most Pittsburgh vs. Cleveland game are, but take a look at the hit below for yourself, and you be the judge.
No one wants to see anyone get injured, especially in the modern era when so much has been reported about CTE and brain injuries stemming from trauma to the brain, like concussions.
"Oh it's a big deal,'' said Benjamin. "Those concussions are something you don't play around with."
Benjamin spoke to Hawkins, and said he is feeling better, but Hawkins' brother, Artrell Jr., said this on Facebook about his brother's most recent injury: "has no memory of what happened and is very confused.''
The Browns head coach Mike Pettine said Hawkins has entered the NFL's standard concussion protocol, but was released from UPMC in Pittsburgh Monday and returned to Cleveland.
Injury aside, Jones does leave his feet when hitting Hawkins, but as Hawkins gets off the ground to try and tackle Mike Mitchell, his center of gravity is lower than Jones' shoulder and his head takes all the force of Jones running full steam right at him. This is a tough play for any team to have to accept, but in the violent sport of football, these types of plays happen. Whether Jones will be hearing from the league office has yet to be seen, but the hit certainly has caused quite the stir in Cleveland.