Javon Wims, the Bears receiver who was ejected or fighting in Sunday’s game against the Saints, has lost his appeal of a 2-game suspension.
Wims started landing what would be described as haymakers if not for the fact that Saints cornerback Chauncey Gardner-Johnson was wearing a helmet. It appeared to be an unprovoked attack, however Garder-Johnson apparently yanked the mouthpiece off Wims’ face mask on a previous play, an act that could still trigger a fine later in the week.
According to Spotrac, Wims has not been fined or suspended prior to this incident, so the suspension is based solely on the severity of this incident.
Retired wide receiver James Thrash was appointed as the appeals officer for Wims’ case and upheld the 2-game suspension. He has the authority to reduce suspensions and fines in the appeal process.
Wims joins a short, but in recent seasons ever-growing, list of players who have been suspended more than one game from an infraction that occurred on the field.
Multiple-game suspensions of NFL players for game infractions
|Vontaze Burfict||OAK||2019||12 games*||flagrant lowering helmet to initiate contact, numerous past infractions in a continuous span (ejected)|
|Myles Garrett||CLE||2019||6 games*||removing a player’s helmet and using it as a weapon (ejected)|
|Albert Haynesworth||TEN||2005||5 games||stepping on face of prone, helmetless player (ejected)|
|Vontaze Burfict||CIN||2017**||3 games‡||blindside block/unnecessary roughness with prior suspendable infractions (no penalty)|
|Vontaze Burfict||CIN||2015†||3 games||multiple infractions of defenseless player hits (no penalty)|
|Javon Wims||CHI||2020||2 games||punching an opponent (ejected)|
|Maurkice Pouncey||PIT||2019||2 games‡||punching and kicking (ejected)|
|Brandon Meriweather||WAS||2014**||2 games||defenseless player hit, multiple prior illegal hits (prior suspension reduced 2 to 1 game on appeal)|
|Ndamukong Suh||DET||2011||2 games||stomped on prone player (ejected)|
|Charles Martin||GB||1986||2 games||slamming quarterback long after pass thrown (ejected)|
|Antonio Smith||HOU||2013**||1+ game§||using a helmet as a weapon, but no contact (no penalty)|
*Remainder of the 2019 season, including postseason (neither team made playoffs). **preseason. †postseason, served in 2016.