Entries in D.J. Swearinger (3)


Welker Leaves Game with Concussion

Hyoung Chang/Denver Post(DENVER) -- Wes Welker missed three games during the 2013 season after suffering a pair of concussions. On Saturday night, the Broncos wide receiver left the game when he sustained another one following a hit from Houston Texans safety D.J. Swearinger.

"It was determined it was a concussion," said Denver head coach John Fox. "He'll go through the protocol. The biggest thing on him is, of course, player safety."

The hit came late in the second half as the Broncos were driving. Welker caught an 11-yard pass from Peyton Manning on the previous play, and as Manning went back to him on the next snap, Welker went into a slide and Swearinger made the tackle.

Replays showed that as the wideout slid, Swearinger led with his shoulder and forearm, hitting Welker in the head. The safety was assessed a personal foul as Welker got up and walked to the sideline before entering the locker room.

There is no timetable for Welker to return to game action. Denver went on to lose 18-17 to the Texans.

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Texans' D.J. Swearinger Says Rules Made Him Hit Dustin Keller Low

Scott Halleran/Getty Images(HOUSTON) -- During the preseason game between the Miami Dolphins and Houston Texans on Saturday night, Dolphins' tight end Dustin Keller suffered a devastating knee injury. Safety D.J. Swearinger says because of the new rules against illegal hits, he felt forced to hit him in the lower body.

During the second quarter, Keller was hit by Swearinger and suffered a torn ALC, MCL PCL. He will miss the entire 2013 season as a result.

Swearinger felt like he had no choice but to hit him lower than normal.

"In this league, if you go too low. If you go high, you'll get a fine," Swearinger told the Palm Beach Post.

"The rules say you can't hit high so I went low and I'm sorry that happened. I would think you'd rather have a concussion than leg injuries. Leg injury, you can't come back from that. A concussion, you be back in a couple weeks."

After spending his first five NFL seasons with the New York Jets, Keller was entering his first year with the Miami Dolphins, and his future with the team is in serious doubt.

Meanwhile, Swearinger was the 57th overall pick in this past April's draft by the Texans.

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Gamecocks' D.J. Swearinger Suspended 1 Game

BananaStock(COLUMBIA, S.C.) -- South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger has been suspended one game.

The safety was penalized for his hit on a defenseless UAB's Patrick Hearn while breaking up a pass in the third quarter Saturday. The Southeastern Conference suspended Swearinger on Monday and he will miss this Saturday's game against Missouri.

But even with the suspension handed down, head coach Steve Spurrier says it's a questionable call.

"It's sort of interesting. If you hit him right in the knees when the ball gets there or right in the belly, I guess that's OK. But anything above the shoulders is considered off limits right now," Spurrier said.

Spurrier also addressed his concern for NCAA quarterbacks and their safety.

"In the NFL, they protect them a little bit better than we do in college," Spurrier said of quarterbacks. "We do everything to protect helmet-to-helmet injuries, and protecting defenseless players. But to me, after the quarterback has thrown the ball and you know he has already thrown the ball that should be a defenseless player."

South Carolina is 3-0 to start the 2012 season.

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