Kansas City Chiefs TE Kevin Boss was knocked out of Sunday’s loss to the Bills when he was hit on the ground by Buffalo safety Da’Norris Searcy after catching a 29-yard pass from Matt Cassel.
Boss stayed on the ground for minutes as replays showed Searcy made contact with the tight end’s head, forcing it into the turf. While he didn’t move much at first, after a few minutes Boss was able to make his way to the sidelines, but did not return to the game.
Despite a flag not being thrown right away, the replacement officials ended up calling a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty on Searcy. Immediately the discussion started among fans and media alike about the legality of the hit.
Former Vice President of Officiating for the NFL Mike Pereira didn’t feel it was an illegal hit. However, usually the best way to come to a final conclusion on a blow to the head is if the league hands out a fine. Well, in this case the league decided it was a dirty hit.
Searcy was fined $21,000 on Friday for applying an illegal hit, according to PFT.
Boss was unable to practice all week for the Chiefs with a concussion and will miss this week’s game against the New Orleans Saints.