The fact that he clearly disregarded the 5-yard radius should have resulted in an additional 15-yard roughing penalty, at least.
I remember when Kyries Hebert was playing for the Renegades, he did basically the same thing to Craig Yeast when he was trying to field a punt, but totally flattened him. Hebert was disqualified, and 40 yards were marched off against Ottawa (15 for no yards, 25 for the disqualification.) The next day Joe Paopao even called Greg Marshall to apologize.
If Browner's hit were helmet-to-helmet, I think there would have been a disqualification and the first test of the new suspension rule. I guess the officials saw it as a clean hit. But when you watch the replay, he seems to stop after fighting off the block, as if he realizes he's within the zone, but once he realizes he can't get out in time he charges towards Heard before the ball is caught, hitting him immediately after. That disregard for the no-yards radius should result in an additional 15 being tacked on.
I guess the officials saw it differently. :roll: