Defensive tackle Tommie Harris has been ejected following the fourth play from scrimmage after he punched Arizona Cardinals right guard Deuce Lutui in the facemask when he was on top of him.
The incident happened at the end of a 13-yard run by running back Tim Hightower. Harris was on top of Lutui at the end of the play, and referee Ed Hochuli was just feet behind Harris.
It’s another bizarre incident in a bizarre season for Harris, who was benched for the game at Cincinnati two weeks ago.
Harris has a de-escalating roster bonus in 2012 that has already been reduced to $6.5 million. The bonus is tied to playing time and Pro Bowl appearances, and Harris stands almost no chance of hitting the playing time threshold of 74 percent for this season. That’s going to be a nearly impossible figure after he missed one entire game and was kicked out of the very beginning of another one.
Harris faces potential discipline from the league over this, a penalty that will likely come in the form of a fine.
We’ll see if Harris is around to answer questions about the incident after the game.