Jermaine Whitehead earned more than a slap on the wrist for his slap of a Patriot.
The Green Bay Packers safety was ejected from Sunday night’s game in New England after slapping Patriots center David Andrews in the face with an open palm in the second quarter.
Whitehead earned a personal foul penalty and Green Bay was penalized 15 yards. The Patriots were in the end zone three plays later.
Whitehead was filling in for recently departed safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, who Green Bay traded to the Washington Redskins this week. He had played 14 snaps at the time of his ejection.
The Packers are replacing Whitehead with cornerback Tramon Williams and safety Kentrell Brice.
Whitehead (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday’s game against the Patriots, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.
Whitehead started the week not practicing but was able to put in limited sessions Thursday and Friday. If healthy, the 25-year-old should serve a key rotational role in the secondary that is now without the recently traded Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Tramon Williams is shifting from cornerback to safety, but Whitehead should still have a significant role defensively after playing 75 snaps against the Rams.
FOXBOROUGH – Packers safety Jermaine Whitehead was ejected in the second quarter of the Patriots game Sunday night after he slapped center David Andrews after a play.
The slap, which came in the aftermath of a 10-yard run by Cordarrelle Patterson, mostly brushed Andrews in the face mask. It was clearly unnecessary though not particularly dangerous.
“In #GBvsNE, Jermaine Whitehead was ejected from the game for striking the head of an opponent. The ejection was confirmed by NY,’’ the NFL explained on its officiating Twitter account.
Decisions to eject a player often come from the league’s refereeing headquarters in New York. Referee Brad Allen’s crew in Foxborough didn’t offer up the reasoning behind the ejection after it happened.