Seattle Seahawks defensive linemen Sheldon Richardson and Quinton Jefferson were ejected in the fourth quarter of Sunday's 30-24 defeat to the Jacksonville Jaguars, ESPN.com's Brady Henderson reported.
The ejections came as members of both teams got into scuffles on consecutive plays as Blake Bortles kneeled to run out the clock inside the final minute.
Some Jaguars fans threw their drinks at Jefferson as he was on the sideline heading for the locker room. Jefferson attempted to scale the wall into the stands and had to be held back by a Seahawks team official. ESPN.com's Jeff Darlington snapped a photo of the scene:
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Jefferson and Richardson discussed the situation after the game, per Gregg Bell of the News Tribune and Alex Marvez of Sporting News:
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Quinton Jefferson on trying to charge into stands after fans threw beer on him at end of #Seahawks' loss at JAX: "What would you do?" @thenewstribune https://t.co/CnJtcwMcbd2017-12-11 01:18:07
"We were playing hard today, and a guy grabbed me after the whistle blew," Richardson said, per Marvez. "I was protecting myself, and things got a little hot. There was some shoving, and I was protecting my teammates. That's the way it goes."
Tensions boiled over on the field after members of the Seahawks defensive line crashed the Jaguars' victory formation. In particular, the Jaguars offensive line took exception to Michael Bennett's going low on Jacksonville center Brandon Linder.
As Linder and Bennett were scuffling, Richardson threw a punch at a Jaguars player while a separate shoving match was happening between members of the two teams. Jefferson's ejection came a play later.
"F--k y'all," Linder screamed in the direction of Seattle players as he entered the Jacksonville locker room, per Marvez. "Y'all are b---hes!"
Marvez also noted that "Bennett refused to elaborate afterward, telling Seahawks media, 'I don't have to explain myself.'"
Asked by Sporting News what he thought spurred Bennett's actions, a testy Linder said, "I don't know. It is what it is. I don't give a s--t. I don't care."
However, Linder's teammate, Marcedes Lewis, spoke out following the game, via Marvez: "That's somebody's livelihood. Why try to hurt somebody? We have 60 minutes to handle [the game]. In the last 30 seconds, you're going to spear someone in the legs? That's not cool."
According to ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert, the 2017 season has seen 15 ejections, the most in one year since ejection statistics were recorded beginning in 2001.