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Damontae Kazee Suspended for Season


In a significant development, the NFL has suspended Pittsburgh Steelers safety Damontae Kazee for the remainder of the season and any potential postseason games following an incident in Saturday's game against the Indianapolis Colts, which resulted in the ejection of Colts receiver Michael Pittman Jr.


The suspension was handed down after Kazee was ejected in the second quarter of Saturday's game for a hit that saw him launch himself into the head/neck area of a diving Pittman. NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan cited Kazee's repeated violations of on-field health and safety rules as the basis for the suspension.



In a letter addressed to Kazee, Runyan highlighted the severity of the violation, stating, "The video of the play shows that you delivered a forcible blow to the head/neck area of Colts' receiver Michael Pittman Jr., who was in a defenseless posture. You had an unobstructed path to your opponent and the illegal contact could have been avoided. Your actions were flagrant, and as a result, you were disqualified from the game."


Runyan further emphasized the need for substantial penalties when players repeatedly violate rules intended to protect player safety, particularly when such violations carry a significant risk of injury to an opposing player.


Kazee, who has been a key contributor for the Steelers this season with 61 tackles, two interceptions, and two fumble recoveries in 14 games, is set to miss the team's remaining regular-season games against the Bengals, Seahawks, and Ravens, as well as any potential playoff appearances.



While Kazee has the right to appeal the suspension under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the league's decision reflects a firm stance on player safety and the consequences for violations of on-field rules.


This suspension has significant implications for the Steelers as they navigate the remainder of their season without one of their key defensive players. The impact of this decision on Kazee and the Steelers will undoubtedly be closely monitored as the situation unfolds.

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