Teair Tart of the Tennessee Titans and Shawn Williams of the Cincinnati Bengals have each been suspended without pay for one game for violations of unnecessary roughness and unsportsmanlike conduct rules.
NFL Vice President of Football Operations Jon Runyan issued the suspensions for violations of Rule 12, Section 2, Article 8, which prohibits unnecessary roughness, and Rule 12, Section 3, which prohibits unsportsmanlike conduct. Runyan specifically noted in both cases that Tart and Williams committed non-football acts, unnecessarily stepping on their opponents.
Tart’s violation occurred with 8:25 remaining in the second quarter of Tennessee’s Week 13 game against Cleveland, while Williams’ infraction took place with 0:58 remaining in the second quarter of Cincinnati’s Week 13 game against Miami.
Tart will be eligible to return to the Titans’ active roster on Monday, December 14, following the team’s December 13 game against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Williams will be eligible to return to the Bengals’ active roster on Monday, December 14, following the team’s December 13 game against the Dallas Cowboys.
Under the Collective Bargaining Agreement, Tart and Williams may appeal their suspensions within three business days. Any appeals will be heard and decided by either Derrick Brooks or James Thrash, the hearing officers jointly appointed and compensated by the NFL and NFLPA to decide appeals of on-field player discipline.