ANDREW SENDEJO of the Minnesota Vikings has been suspended without pay for one game for a violation of safety-related playing rules in Sunday’s game against the Baltimore Ravens.
NFL Vice President of Football Operations JON RUNYAN issued the suspension for a violation of Rule 12, Section 2, Article 6 (i) which states that “there shall be no unnecessary roughness. This shall include, but will not be limited to: (i) using any part of a player’s helmet or facemask to butt, spear, or ram an opponent violently or unnecessarily;”
In his letter to Sendejo, Runyan wrote:
“The violation was flagrant and warrants a suspension because it could have been avoided, was violently directed at the head and neck area and unreasonably placed both you and an opposing player at risk of serious injury.”
Sendejo will be eligible to return to the Vikings’ active roster on Monday, October 30 following the team’s October 29 game against the Cleveland Browns in London.
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, the suspension may be appealed within three business days. Appeals are heard and decided by either DERRICK BROOKS or JAMES THRASH, the officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.