Jason Campbell leaves game after questionable hit from William Gay
The Cleveland Browns may have reason to complain after a questionable no-call cost them quarterback Jason Campbell and, eventually, an important seven points in Sunday’s game with Pittsburgh.
The Steelers led 13-3 in the third quarter, in a battle of 4-6 teams just a game out of a wild-card spot, when cornerback William Gay forced a Campbell fumble with a blindside blitz. Will Allen recovered the loose ball and returned it to the Cleveland 4, and Ben Roethlisberger tossed a TD pass from there one play later.
But should Gay have been flagged for a blow to Campbell’s head? The Steelers’ corner definitely appeared to strike Campbell’s face mask with his left hand as he swooped in for the sack. Gay briefly wrapped his arm up around Campbell’s shoulder pad/neck area, which, as we saw on Ahmad Brooks’ controversial penalty against Drew Brees last week, is forbidden by NFL rules.
Below is a video of the play from Sunday’s game. You’ll notice on the shot below Gay’s hand striking Campbell’s face mask just prior to the ball popping loose.
Campbell stayed down for a few second after the hit and had to be carted to the locker room with a head injury. Brandon Weeden replaced him at QB for the second time in the game — earlier, Campbell left with an undisclosed injury after taking a hit while scrambling to throw the ball away.
Gay cemented a Pittsburgh win late in the fourth quarter by picking off a pass from Weeden and returning it for a touchdown.