Less than 24 hours after the Denver Broncos’ game against the Green Bay Packers went final, the NFL announced that Broncos safety Kareem Jackson would be suspended for the team’s next four games due to “violations of unnecessary roughness rules.” Jackson was ejected from the game on Sunday when he struck Packers tight end Luke Musgrave in the head, which ultimately led to Musgrave leaving the field. Musgrave ended up being held out of action due to an ankle injury and was seen in a walking boot after the game.
NFL suspended Broncos’ safety Kareem Jackson four games. This hit was involved. pic.twitter.com/ZXnU8jyfSI— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) October 23, 2023
The “judge” in this ruling was NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan, the father of the Packers’ current starting right guard Jon Runyan Jr. He had the following to say about Jackson, in a letter to the safety:
On the play in question, you delivered a forceful blow to the head/neck area of a defenseless receiver, when you had the time and space to avoid such contact. You could have made contact with your opponent within the rules, yet you chose not to.
This is not a one-off incident for Jackson, who has been in the league since 2010. In Week 2, Jackson was ejected from the game against the Washington Commanders for a “similarly flagrant hit.” He’s also had to pay around $90,000 in fines this season already. According to a report by NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero, Jackson plans on appealing the suspension.
On Monday, Packers head coach Matt LaFleur stated that he had no injury updates to his roster and that the next injury update on Musgrave will come on Wednesday, when the team officially announces its first injury report of Week 8.