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NFL will not suspend Redskins’ Deshazor Everett for hit on Eagles’ Darren Sproles

Deshazor Everett hits Philadelphiarunning back Darren Sproles, who was preparing to return a punt. (Toni L. Sandys/The Washington Post)
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Redskins safety Deshazor Everett will not receive a suspension from the NFL for his vicious hit on Philadelphia Eagles running back Darren Sproles, a person with knowledge of the situation said.  It’s expected that Everett will, however, receive a fine later this week.

Everett, a second-year pro out of Texas A&M, knocked Sproles out of the game when he leveled the 12th-year veteran as he tried to field a punt in the fourth quarter of Sunday’s game.

Everett raced downfield and hit Sproles, who hadn’t signaled for a fair catch. But the ball hadn’t gotten to Sproles. It hit Everett in the shoulder while the safety plowed into Sproles.

Everett, who had an interception earlier in the game, said that he didn’t realize that Sproles hadn’t caught the ball.

“If I could have taken that split second back, I definitely would,” Everett said. “It’s too late. You can’t take it back. You can’t rewind. It’s not a video game. You make choices out there on the field, and you’ve just got to live with it. Unfortunately, it was a bad hit.”

Sproles left the game and didn’t return. He was diagnosed as having sustained a concussion.

Said Redskins coach Jay Gruden: “He just mistimed it. He wasn’t trying to injure [Sproles], and that’s an unfortunate deal. He was apologetic about it. But I love his energy. He plays hard, he plays fast. Special teams, he has made his mark. He got an opportunity to play at safety and cover the tight end and made a big interception for us. Hopefully that role will continue to expand a little bit because he is fast and he can hit and he’s showed that he can cover.”

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