Buccaneers' Carlton Davis ejected for helmet-to-helmet hit on Saints receiver

Tampa Bay Buccaneers cornerback Carlton Davis was ejected from Sunday’s game against the New Orleans Saints for a helmet-to-helmet hit on tight end Jared Cook.

Davis’ hit came toward the end of the second quarter on a pass from Saints quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Cook barely had time to get his head around to look at Davis when he was struck.

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Davis was ejected from the game and the Saints went down to score and go up 17-10 before halftime thanks to a touchdown pass from Bridgewater to Cook.

Davis had five tackles before he was ejected from the game.

Cook finished the game with four receptions for 41 yards and the touchdown.

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Davis commented on the play after the game, according to the Buccaneers-centric website Joe Bucs Fan.

“It was a bang-bang play,” he said. “I saw the quarterback throw the ball. I wanted to make a play on the ball but I was a little too late. I tried to make a clean [play], as clean as I could in that position. I was just playing football. I was trying to make a play to help my team.

“Rules are the rules.”

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New Orleans ended up getting the key victory over Tampa Bay, 31-24. The Saints improved to 4-1 on the season while the Buccaneers dropped to 2-3.