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Panthers’ Eric Reid ejected for launching at Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger

The Panthers’ Eric Reid targets Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s head as he slides on a first down run in the third quarter Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, at Heinz Field.

Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid was ejected from Thursday night’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers when he launched himself at Ben Roethlisberger as the quarterback was sliding to the ground to give himself up at the end of a scramble.

Roethlisberger scrambled for 17 yards and was sliding feet first at the Carolina 15 yard-line as Reid, a safety, was running full speed toward him. Reid missed direct contact with Roethlisberger but hit him enough that he drew a 15-yard penalty and disqualification .

Maurkice Pouncey led a cadre of several Steelers players who immediately and angrily confronted Reid on the field after the play. Moments later, though, Roethlisberger patted him on the helmet after the two exchanged what appeared to be friendly words.

After he was elected but before he left the field, Reid came out to again appear to offer an apology to Roethlisberger.

Two plays after the penalty, Roethlisberger threw the fourth of his five touchdown passes in the game.

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Chris Adamski is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chris at or via Twitter @C_AdamskiTrib.

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