Buffalo Bills backup offensive lineman Bobby Hart was suspended for a game after attacking a player in the tunnel following the Bills’ win over the Tennessee Titans.
According to a press release announcing his suspension, Hart’s actions came after the game ended. Sources told ESPN that Hart plans to appeal his suspension.
In a letter to Hart, NFL vice president of football operations Jon Runyan wrote: “As both teams headed for the tunnel, they went straight across the field to find their opponent. They approached him near the end zone and a coach had to hold them back while others shook hands.
“As soon as you and your opponent were in the end zone near the tunnel, you confronted him and immediately closed-fisted him, hitting a Tennessee coach in the head.
“Their aggressive behavior could have caused serious injury and clearly does not reflect the high sporting standards expected of a professional.”
Neither the coach who was hit nor the player Hart intended to hit were identified in the press release.
Hart played in three games for the Titans last season. He was released last season and signed with the Bills in November. He re-signed with the Bills last April. Hart was originally drafted in the 7th round of the 2015 draft by the Florida State New York Giants. Hart also has experience with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Hart has earned a roster spot at training camp this preseason thanks to his game and ability to play in multiple offensive positions.
He played 25% of the team’s offensive snaps against the Titans, mostly in the fourth quarter after the game was effectively over, including the final kneel. He was also on seven special teams snaps.
If Hart doesn’t lift his suspension, he will be back on the active roster the day after the Bills play the Miami Dolphins. He will be able to play again on October 2 against the Ravens.