(AP) CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The NFL has suspended Carolina Panthers defensive back Dante Wesley one game without pay for launching himself into defenseless Tampa Bay punt returner Clifton Smith.
Wesley left his feet and hit Smith in the neck and head with his forearm and shoulder as Smith waited to field a punt Sunday. Smith sustained a concussion and both benches emptied onto the field. Wesley was immediately ejected.
Smith had not signaled for a fair catch and Wesley said he mistimed hitting him.
Wesley is Carolina's gunner on special teams and will sit out next Sunday's game against Buffalo.
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