R. Williams Suspended For One Game
The league suspended Dallas Cowboys safety Roy Williams for one game without pay late Monday for his horse-collar tackle of Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb on Sunday.
Williams might appeal the suspension. If so, the appeal is to be heard by the league today. If the suspension stands, Williams would miss the Cowboys' game Saturday night at Carolina and would forfeit his $35,000 game check.
Williams had been fined a total of $27,500 for two previous horse-collar tackles this season, and the league had warned him in a letter than another infraction could bring a more severe penalty. But during Sunday's game, Williams grabbed the back of McNabb's shoulder pads and jersey from behind and dragged the quarterback down.
The league banned the tackling technique in 2005 in what widely is known as the "Roy Williams Rule." Williams had hurt wide receiver Terrell Owens, then with the Eagles and now with the Cowboys, with a horse-collar tackle late in the 2004 regular season. Owens suffered a severe ankle sprain that required surgery and was sidelined for the playoffs, but returned to play in the Super Bowl for the Eagles.
By Mark Maske |
December 18, 2007; 10:03 AM ET
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