The special teams hit the Carolina Panthers' Dante Wesley put on Tampa Bay Buccaneers punt returner Clifton Smith was one of the most brutal, cheap and unnecessary hits I have seen in a while in the NFL. The play took place in the second quarter of the Panthers' 28-21 win over the Bucs. Wesley, an excellent special teams player for the Panthers, lined up a devastating hit to Smith, who was looking up at the ball. Before he knew it, he was laying unconscious for nearly a minute before he came to, looking up at Buccaneers' training personnel and the fight that ensued after the hit. Was it dirty? Yes. Was it brutal? Yes. Was it unnecessary? Yes. Malicious? Un-clear. Wesley, who apologized after the game, told reporters that he was not trying to hurt Smith on the play; it was simply a case of ...
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