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NFL fines Bills player for hitting Titans coach

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The NFL has fined Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Bobby Hart for a dust cloud after Monday Night Football.

The league announced Tuesday that Hart was involved in an altercation with a Tennessee Titans player following the Bills’ 41-7 win that ended with Hart accidentally punching a Titans coach.

“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,” wrote Jon Runyan, the vice president of football operations at the NFL, in a letter to Hart, about ESPN’s Adam Schefter. “Their aggressive behavior could have caused serious injury and clearly does not reflect the high sporting standards expected of a professional.”

The league announced that Hart would be suspended for a game over the altercation, which forced him to miss a key division matchup against the 2–0 Miami Dolphins.

The loss of the veteran offensive lineman will reduce Buffalo’s depth for their first division game of the season. played hard 25 percent of the team’s snaps in Monday’s win over the Titans and also serves in the field goal unit.

Hart, 28, had signed with the Bills in March 2021 but was released during the latest roster cuts in August. He returned to the Buffalo practice team in September but was signed by the Titans and played three games there before returning to the Bills. Hart signed with the Bills in April and served as a backup offensive lineman.

During his tenure with the Bills, he had some troubles. Pro-Bowl offensive lineman Dion Dawkins told the Buffalo News on Sept. 17 that he didn’t get along with Hart last season and questioned his work ethic.

The Bills could be missing a few key players for Sunday’s game against the Dolphins. Cornerback Dane Jackson was hospitalized after suffering a neck injury during Monday’s game, although he was released on Tuesday. The severity of his injury is still unclear.

All-Pro Safety Micah Hyde was also taken to the hospital for observation after the game. Linebacker Matt Milano was also pulled out of Monday’s game after suffering a stinger, and defenseman Jordan Phillips injured his hamstring when Milano returned an interception for a touchdown.

As ESPN’s Alaina Getzenberg noted, Hart has the right to appeal his suspension. It was unclear if he was planning an appeal.

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