Reid was sent to the locker room after he hit Ben Roethlisberger in the helmet while the Steelers quarterback was attempting to slide. Replays showed Reid’s shoulder made contact with Roethlisberger’s helmet as he flew over the top of the quarterback. After a brief discussion, officials decided to disqualify Reid for the remainder of the game.
The league quickly explained the decision to eject Reid on Twitter, which included video of the hit:
The penalty for hitting a sliding quarterback — especially in the head — isn’t new. But an increased emphasis in 2018 on punishing that kind of play is likely the reason Reid was ejected, in addition to penalized.
After the hit, there were several Steelers offensive linemen who came to Roethlisberger’s defense, causing plenty of pushing and shoving between the two teams. Reid and Roethlisberger buried the hatchet quickly, though.
Following the Steelers’ 52-21 win, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he disagreed with the refs:
Ron Rivera says Eric Reid’s hit didn’t warrant an ejection.
— Joe Person (@josephperson) November 9, 2018
Reid was fined $10,026 for the play and will likely be hearing from the league office again after his hit on Roethlisberger.