During the Sunday night matchup between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals, Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin set a ruinous block on Bengals punter Kevin Huber during an Antonio Brown 67-yard punt return that ended in a touchdown. Garvin’s block knocked the fifth-year Cincinnati native out of the game — leaving Huber with a fractured jaw and a cracked vertebrae.
According to NFL rules, punters are labeled as defenseless until he engages in chasing the return man, which Huber did. However, although it seemed Garvin’s set up and initial block seemed legal, the follow through shows Garvin’s helmet hitting Huber’s chin — causing what would be assumed a fine.
Garvin’s block did not draw a flag even though it should have. The return gave the Steelers a 21-0 lead in the first quarter. The NFL front office said they would be looking into Garvin’s hit on Huber and will decide whether to fine the special teams linebacker or not.
For Huber, his season has come to an end. Huber has progressed into one of the league’s top punters. Last week, he was crowned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. Huber averaged over 45-yards a punt in 2013 and placed 24 punts inside the opposing team’s 20-yard line. The Bengals will now have to find a new punter to try and pick up where Huber left off.