Refs Somehow Miss An Egregious Hit On Titans’ Adam Humphries

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Titans receiver Adam Humphries was tracking a pass over the middle from Ryan Tannehill when he was clearly targeted by Bengals safety Jessie Bates III. Knocked out ice cold sending his right arm limp and somehow someway–the call the missed.

See for yourself.

Targeting is generally a difficult call to make because we always want to make sure we aren’t punishing a defender when his intention was to make a play. There was no intention to make a football play in this instance. A completely inexcusable hit that unfortunately was met with no consequence. League officials will likely step in post-game on this one.

Here’s a better angle:

Can always argue that Humphries was beginning to lower himself, but you can’t blind side a receiver like that. Outkick’s very own Clay Travis weighed in on the hit.

As Travis mentions, Humphries was able to walk off under team super-vision and was sent directly to the locker room. We await an update on his condition.

Written by Gary Sheffield, Jr

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  1. Not trying to be a troll, but I didn’t see targeting there. He doesn’t lunge, or drive into Humphries for that matter.

    It was like an “olay” tackle that could have been much worse had he laid into him. It looked unfortunate, and the NFL has so many roughing and illegal hit calls, a no-call like this seems fair.

  2. I’m going to agree with Ivana here. It was bang, bang and if the receiver hadn’t started dropping to the ground, it would’ve been no problem. It wasn’t helmet to helmet, etc. I didn’t see any intention at all from the DB. Just an unfortunate accident IMO

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