Broncos' Randy Gregory, Rams Oday Aboushi Suspended 1 Game for Post-game Fight

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVDecember 26, 2022

Denver Broncos linebacker Randy Gregory (5) looks on during an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/David Becker)
AP Photo/David Becker

Denver Broncos edge-rusher Randy Gregory and Los Angeles Rams guard Oday Aboushi have been suspended one game by the NFL for a post-game fight following Sunday's 51-14 win for the Rams, per Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network.

The two exchanged punches as Broncos and Rams players were milling about after the game, with Gregory throwing the first blow.

Michael Spencer @MichaelCBS4

Here's a look at what happened after the game with <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Broncos?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Broncos</a> Randy Gregory and <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rams?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Rams</a> guard Oday Aboushi. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/BroncosCountry?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#BroncosCountry</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/CBSNews?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@CBSNews</a> <a href="https://t.co/fNY7Q7Lhhd">pic.twitter.com/fNY7Q7Lhhd</a>


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"Y'all want to know if I hit him in the mouth, I did," Gregory told reporters after the game.

"As you were walking toward a group of teammates, coaches, and media, you both stopped and swung at each other's head and/or neck," NFL VP of football operations Jon Runyan wrote in a letter to the suspended pair, per NFL.com. "Your aggressive conduct could have caused serious injury and clearly does not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional."

Gregory apologized for his actions on Monday:

Mike Klis @mikeklis

Randy Gregory apologizes. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/9sports?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#9sports</a> <a href="https://t.co/Pm1cqb8CgQ">pic.twitter.com/Pm1cqb8CgQ</a>

It was one of many troubling incidents for the Broncos on Sunday, as they fell to 4-11 on the season and fired first-year head coach Nathaniel Hackett in the aftermath on Monday.

Denver Broncos @Broncos

We have parted ways with Head Coach Nathaniel Hackett.<br><br>A statement from Broncos Owner &amp; CEO Greg Penner: <a href="https://t.co/1tWMjHv6em">pic.twitter.com/1tWMjHv6em</a>

It appeared that the Broncos had become a discontented bunch under Hackett, with the effects of a losing season finally playing out publicly.

Gee Scott Sr. @GeeScottSr

During the 10 year span of Russell being with Seattle, I NEVER SAW THIS. Your QB is on the ground, and this how y'all react? The Denver Broncos are broken and the only way to fix this is to turn off some keycards on Monday. <a href="https://t.co/W1XQrm6vyy">pic.twitter.com/W1XQrm6vyy</a>

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Video: During the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Broncos?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Broncos</a> 51-14 loss to the <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Rams?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Rams</a>, Denver players Dalton Risner and QB Brett Rypien got into it on the sidelines (<a href="https://twitter.com/reiter_mitchell?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@reiter_mitchell</a>)<br><br>"Do something Brett!, do something!"<br><br>Risner is Denver's Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee.<a href="https://t.co/Hxpw1GRdxi">pic.twitter.com/Hxpw1GRdxi</a>

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<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Broncos?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Broncos</a> backup Brett Rypien exchanged some words with the starting offensive line, defending Russell Wilson after he took another sack, per <a href="https://twitter.com/tracywolfson?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@tracywolfson</a>. Dalton Risner pushed Rypien out of the way. <br><br>Here's the video, via CBS:<a href="https://t.co/MR7TTCfEzK">pic.twitter.com/MR7TTCfEzK</a>

George Stoia III @GeorgeStoia

All season it felt like Nathaniel Hackett held together a sinking ship. The locker room hadn't fallen apart. <br><br>That changed yesterday. Obviously, everyone could see it on TV. But you could really feel it in that locker room yesterday. He had lost control. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Broncos?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Broncos</a>

"I think they're upset for all the losing, we all are," Hackett told reporters regarding Sunday's performance following the game. "Every one of us, that's unacceptable, that's not what we're about, that's not what we want to do. We went in with a mindset we were going to win this game, but in the end we weren't ready. ... It wasn't good, it's all of us."

"It always starts with me, without a doubt, that's embarrassing, I'm embarrassed," he added. "That's not what we're about, that's not what we've done all year."

Gregory, in particular, was removed from the game on two separate occasions, each time after having penalties called against him. The first came after Gregory threw his helmet following a Rams' touchdown, while the second was for a late hit on quarterback Baker Mayfield.

"After that second one, we took him outβ€”that's unacceptable," Hackett said of Gregory.

But the frustrations spilled out into the post-game handshakes and greetings between the teams.