The NFL announced the suspension, which is without pay, Tuesday night. Hart, who is eligible to appeal the suspension, slapped the coach after the Bills beat the Titans 41-7 on Monday at Highmark Stadium in Orchard Park, NY
21 September (News) — Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Bobby Hart is suspended for a game after throwing a punch at a Tennessee Titans player but instead hit a coach after a Week 2 win, the NFL announced.
“As both teams headed to the tunnel, they walked straight across the field in search of their opponent,” wrote Jon Runyan, the NFL’s vice president of football operations, in a press release. “You approached him near the end zone and a coach had to hold you back while others shook your hand.
“As soon as you and your opponent were in the end zone near the tunnel, you confronted him and immediately closed-fisted him, hitting the head of a Tennessee coach. Their aggressive behavior could have caused serious injury and clearly does not reflect the high sporting standards expected of a professional.”
Hart, 28, appeared in each of the Bills’ first two games. The six-year veteran split between the Bills and Titans rosters last season. He also spent three seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals and three seasons with the New York Giants. He came into the league as a seven-round pick in the 2015 NFL Draft.
Hart is eligible to return to the Bills’ active squad on Monday. The Bills take on the Miami Dolphins Sunday at 1 p.m. EDT at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Fla.