Detroit Lions linebacker Jamie Collins Sr. was ejected in the second quarter of the team’s Week 1 matchup against the Chicago Bears. Collins lowered his head, and lightly rammed it into the referee. Making contact with the referee like that is not allowed and warranted him an ejection.
It is possible that the linebacker was attempting to demonstrate to the referee that the Bears running back had lowered his head on the previous rushing play—an illegal act—and that it went uncalled.
Collins registered three combined tackles in what is proving to be a defensive battle before being thrown out of the game. Second-year linebacker Jahlani Tavai is likely to fill a majority of his snaps on defense the rest of the way.
The linebacker was signed to Detroit this offseason on a three-year deal worth $30 million. Collins is one of many former New England Patriots now featuring on Detroit’s defense, and his signing was heralded as a move that would provide the long struggling linebacker room with some leadership.