Buffalo Bills Bobby Hart faces one-game suspension
Ricky Gray | September 21, 2022
The NFL suspended Bobby Hart after hitting a Tennessee Titans coach.
Offensive lineman Bobby Hart was suspended by the NFL for one game after the league said he took a swing at a Titans player but instead hit a Titans head coach.
Hart's actions came at the end of the Bills' 41-7 victory over the Tennessee Titans on Monday night.
NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan wrote to Hart: “As both teams were heading to the tunnel, you walked directly across the field to seek out your opponent.
“You approached him near the end zone and a coach had to hold you back as others shook hands.”
The letter continued: “Once you and your opponent were in the end zone near the tunnel, you confronted him and immediately swung at him with a closed fist, striking the head of a Tennessee coach.
“Your aggressive conduct could have caused serious injury and clearly does not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional.”
Hart is a former Titans player but is now a backup offensive lineman for the Buffalo Bills. He played 25% of Buffalo’s offensive snaps against the Titans, most of which was in the fourth quarter once the game was out of reach.
Hart is expected to appeal the suspension, according to a source that told ESPN's Jeremy Fowler.
If he does decide to appeal the suspension, that hearing will be before either Derrick Brooks or James Thrash, the officers appointed by the NFL and NFLPA.
Hart will be eligible to return to the active roster on September 26 after the Bills' Week 3 game against the Miami Dolphins.