- The Washington Times - Sunday, December 11, 2016

PHILADELPHIA — In the fourth quarter on Sunday, Washington Redskins punter Tress Way booted a punt toward Philadelphia Eagles returner Darren Sproles. Before Sproles had a chance to catch the ball, safety Deshazor Everett viciously tackled him.

Everett was flagged with a interference with opportunity to catch penalty on the play. Both sides got a little heated, with Eagles players going right after Everett. The sidelines cleared as the scuffle began to break out.

Everett claims he did not see Sproles give a fair catch signal.

“I thought the ball was right there in front of me when I went for the tackle, but unfortunately it was not,” Everett said. “The ball hit me in the back as you can tell.”

The Eagles players themselves were not pleased with the hit.

“I’m not sure if the guy did it intentionally or not, but obviously it’s something that you never want to see, especially to one of your teammates,” Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins said. “Obviously in the moment, we thought it was a pretty cheap shot. We don’t know the guy’s intention, but it’s something that you never want to see happen to one of your teammates.”

“I thought it was definitely a defenseless player, hit to the head, all that,” Eagles coach Doug Pederson said. “That call was definitely the right call.”

“The hit on Sproles — I understand in that moment, you want to make a play,” Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham said. “I’m going to let the league handle that. There’s nothing we can do now. Sproles is OK, I’m happy. I don’t see it as a cheap shot. I see it as he was down there running, helmet to helmet, stuff happens in the game. That’s all I’m going to say about that.”

“I thought it was an illegal hit,” Eagles defensive end Connor Barwin said.

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