Sanders was hit while attempting to catch a pass from quarterback Peyton Manning in the third quarter of the game. Sanders was slow to get up and was helped off the field.
McLeod was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness on the play.
After the play, there was debate on Twitter regarding the legality of the hit, and whether McLeod should have been penalized for the play. Most felt it was not a direct hit to the helmet.
I think it was a shoulder to shoulder hit in STL. It was a mean hit, but not illegal in my opinion.— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) November 16, 2014
To all those writing about the hit in SL, I feel the defender led with his shoulder, as expected, but official felt there was helmet contact— Jim Daopoulos (@RefereeJimD) November 16, 2014
Brutal collision in St. Louis, but it wasn’t even close to being a direct head shot.— Brian McIntyre (@brian_mcintyre) November 16, 2014
- Sarah Barshop