Bills lineman Bobby Hart receives one-game suspension from the league after hitting a Titans coach
Bills lineman Bobby Hart receives a one-game ban from the league … after taking a swing at a Titans player but missing and hitting a coach in Monday night’s win
- Hart intended to hit an unidentified Titans player but hit an unidentified coach
- He played with the Titans last season but was released by the team in November
- Hart will appeal his suspension, but if unsuccessful, he will not be back to play in Miami
Buffalo Bills backup offensive lineman Bobby Hart was suspended for one game after he swung at a player in the tunnel following the Bills’ win over the Tennessee Titans.
Hart’s actions came after the game was over, according to a release announcing his suspension. Sources said ESPN that Hart plans to appeal his suspension.
In a letter to Hart, NFL VP of football operations Jon Runyan wrote: ‘When both teams were heading for the tunnel, you went straight across the field to seek out your opponent. You approached him near the end zone and a trainer had to hold you back while others shook hands.
‘When you and your opponent were in the end zone near the tunnel, you confronted him and immediately swung at him with a closed fist, hitting a Tennessee coach in the head.
“Your aggressive behavior could have caused serious injury and clearly does not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional.”
Neither the coach who was hit nor the player Hart intended to hit were identified in the release.
Buffalo Bills backup offensive lineman Bobby Hart was suspended by the league for an altercation at the end of Monday night’s win over the Tennessee Titans
Hart allegedly swung at a Titans player but missed and hit a coach in the head instead
Hart played for the Titans in three games last season. He was released last season and signed with the Bills in November. He re-signed with the Bills last April. Hart was originally drafted out of Florida State in the 7th round of the 2015 Draft by the New York Giants. Hart also has experience with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Hart earned a roster spot in training camp this preseason thanks to his play and ability to play multiple positions on the offensive line.
He played 25% of the team’s offensive snaps against the Titans, mostly during the fourth quarter when the game was effectively over, including the final kneel down. He was also present on seven special teams snaps.
If Hart does not get his suspension overturned, he will be back on the active roster the day after the Bills play the Miami Dolphins. He will be able to play again on Oct. 2 against the Ravens.
Hart played for the Titans last season and was released in November, where he later signed with Buffalo