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NFL Office Prevented Refs From Ejecting James Daniels in Week 5

Larry Rupp
The NFL office prevented the refs from ejecting James Daniels in Week 5.
The NFL office prevented the refs from ejecting James Daniels in Week 5. / AP Photos/Matt Durisko
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Offensive lineman James Daniels was one of the only players Pittsburgh fans praised after a disappointing 38-3 loss to the Buffalo Bills in Week 5. When rookie quarterback Kenny Pickett took on a late hit during a slide in the third quarter, it was Daniels that shoved the defender in retaliation.

It was Bills' defensive back Damar Hamlin that made the hit and he was not flagged for unnecessary roughness. Instead, Daniels was flagged for a personal foul and referee John Hussey's plan was to eject him from the game. Communication from the NFL office in New York did not let that be the case.

Pittsburgh Steelers News

He was going to kick me out. But he said he called New York, and they said that it wasn’t good enough to get me kicked out. So they let me come back in. So I appreciate New York for letting me come back into the game.

James Daniels on referee John Hussey

Now, no one knows whether New York allowed Daniels to stay in the game because he was sticking up for his QB or because the push wasn't enough to warrant an ejection. Either way, Daniels is simply glad he did it. He said that any Pittsburgh player that close to the hit would've done the same thing.

Pickett was also hit again later on in the game, but this time it was low and at his knees. He stood up for himself by giving defensive lineman Shaq Lawson a good shove. Daniels had a front row seat to that encounter and said, “I’m glad that all the way until the end of the game, he was still competing."

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