Williams ejected as new National Football League helmet hit rule makes impact

Doug Mendoza
September 11, 2018

He had already gotten a good night's sleep, enjoyed a nice breakfast and made his way to the stadium as his internal autopilot kicked in.

"I think it looked worse than it felt", Luck said. The 27-year-old started all 26 games he's played over the previous two seasons. I know he's going to try and get the first down and my job is to stop him.

Luck told NFL Network in a story published Sunday that he sprained the AC joint in his throwing shoulder in a snowboarding accident in Colorado.

Luck's second pass attempt of the day against Cincinnati was an interception, not exactly the beginning he probably envisioned for his first game back.

"I thought his accuracy was good, " Frank Reich said.

The 39 completions were a personal best and one short of tying Peyton Manning's team record. But that's never been Luck's mode, at times to his detriment, and he was tackled in sort of a half-slide as he reached the first down marker.

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At first glance, Reich gave the line a passing grade.

Luck was in the process of going down when Williams went in for the tackle.

"All the onus is on me to understand", he said.

Monday's (NZ time) games delivered plenty of wild results with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers upsetting the New Orleans Saints 48-40 in New Orleans in the highest scoring opening round game in National Football League history.

Cornerback Chris Milton didn't return after being diagnosed with a concussion in the third quarter.

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