Eric Reid Ejected for Targeting Ben Roethlisberger in Panthers vs. Steelers

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistNovember 9, 2018

CHARLOTTE, NC - NOVEMBER 04:  Eric Reid #25 of the Carolina Panthers looks on against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the fourth quarter during their game at Bank of America Stadium on November 4, 2018 in Charlotte, North Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Thursday was a day to forget for the Carolina Panthers, and the officials added insult to injury when they ejected safety Eric Reid late in the third quarter of the matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Reid was ejected for a hit against Ben Roethlisberger when the quarterback was scrambling downfield and starting to slide. Reid's shoulder hit Roethlisberger's head as he dove for the sliding quarterback, and NFL Officiating provided an explanation:

NFL Officiating @NFLOfficiating

“@Panthers Eric Reid was ejected for unnecessary roughness for forcible contact to the head and neck area of a sliding quarterback in #CARvsPIT.” – AL https://t.co/1MbDzjkrLK

Even though Reid was ejected for the play and drew the ire of some of the Steelers, he showed Roethlisberger some respect before he left the field:

Bleacher Report NFL @BR_NFL

David DeCastro gets in Eric Reid's face after a late hit on Ben Roethlisberger https://t.co/atDCyG1KOs

The Checkdown @thecheckdown

Great moment of sportsmanship between Eric Reid and Big Ben. 🙏 https://t.co/2ARcHKovzk

Pittsburgh ultimately scored on the possession to go up 45-14 and continue its dominance.

It was a far different showing for Reid than in Carolina's last game, a 42-28 divisional victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He notched an interception and received the game ball in that showing.