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Simms hit illegal?



Simms TAMPA — Early indications are the NFL has notified the Bucs that the fourth-quarter hit on Chris Simms that they believe ruptured his spleen warranted a roughing the passer penalty.

Coach Jon Gruden and general manager Bruce Allen said they received notification from the NFL regarding the hit Simms sustained from Carolina defensive lineman Al Wallace. Although neither would comment on the league’s ruling, they encouraged reporters Wednesday to contact Mike Periera, the NFL’s supervisor of officials.

A message left at Pereira’s office was not immediately returned.

“You’ll have to call the league and I’m sure they’ll tell you,” Gruden said. “All I can tell you is we got a 15-yard penalty for taunting (on Will Allen) and what they did is roughing the passer. If it’s first-and-goal at the 1-yard line and we win the game, I’m sure Chris feels a lot better laying in the hospital knowing we won the game.”

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[Last modified: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 2:43pm]


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