Don Carey penalized for helmet hit

Updated: October 31, 2010, 8:26 PM ET
Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Jaguars safety Don Carey has been penalized for unnecessary roughness for a helmet-to-helmet hit that left him sprawled on the turf.

Carey arrived after Dallas tight end Jason Witten caught a pass deep in Jacksonville territory. He had some running room before going into Witten.

Carey wound up on his back for several minutes, tended to by trainers while teammates were on a knee in prayer. Meanwhile, an official announced the penalty against him. A fine is likely to follow under the NFL's enhanced scrutiny on these kind of hits.

Once Carey was determined to be OK, he was helped up and even bounced up, showing he was fine as he headed to the sideline.

The team announced Carey had a neck injury and wouldn't return. There 12 minutes left in the fourth quarter and Jacksonville was up 28-10.


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