The two teams brawled after the hit with the Eagles, with Philadelphia claiming it was a cheap shot. The referees called a penalty on Baker for the block. Baker and Eagles left tackle Jason Peters were thrown out of the game for their role in the fight.
NFL executive vice president of football operations Troy Vincent ruled Baker's hit legal and said he will not be suspended or fined for it, though he could be fined for fighting.
“Baker didn’t do anything wrong with that hit,” said Troy Vincent. “When you look at the rule, he didn’t do anything illegal. People can say it’s a cheap shot and you can talk about whether it might fall under unsportsmanlike conduct. But when you know the rule and you look at the play, he didn’t hit him in the head. He didn’t hit him in the neck. We looked at it. I looked at it very closely. He’s not going to be fined for that.”
Vincent also said none of the players involved in the fight will be suspended, as the league's rules only call for fines.
Washington is 1-2 and will host the New York Giants on Thursday night.
- Paul Palladino