first_imgBen Watson leaves the field under his own power but did have his helmet taken from him. The late hit provided by Eric Reid. The two men not seeing eye to eye on Twitter this week fwiw. #Patriots pic.twitter.com/VKJK6X2U9e— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) August 23, 2019For reference, here’s what Watson tweeted:Quote starts with “”I could be completely wrong, but since…”Yes @E_Reid35 you are wrong! You know the work many of us including @MalcolmJenkins have done. No one entity owns this movement. We are all a continuation of the generations who fought before us. We need each other https://t.co/C154KIvD1X— Benjamin Watson (@BenjaminSWatson) August 18, 2019MORE: 2019 NFL Predictions with Cowboys winning it allReid said after the game the hit had nothing to do with Watson’s tweet.”I didn’t even know he tweeted me,” Reid said, via NESN. “That’s not even something you process in a game. I’m not analyzing who has the ball in their hand and what they tweeted at me while I’m playing the game.”As for why he applied the late hit, Reid added: “Just trying to stop him from getting a first down. I looked at the replay. Yeah, he was down. We’ll see what the league decides to do with it. I anticipate myself getting a fine. But I’m just playing the game.”There’s even video of Reid trying to help Watson up after the hit. Panthers safety Eric Reid wants to shut down the theory that was posed Thursday night following his late hit on Patriots tight end Ben Watson in the first half of New England’s 10-3 win over Carolina in Week 3 of the preseason.Wrote Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk: “In the same week Ben Watson took a shot at Eric Reid on Twitter, Eric Reid applied a late shoulder to the head of Ben Watson.” This theory was fueled by a video of the play in question. Reid did approach Watson after the hit pic.twitter.com/g6fb2T6JaD— Michael Giardi (@MikeGiardi) August 23, 2019“I just asked him if he was OK, if he could stand up,” Reid said about the encounter. “You hate to see somebody get hurt.”Watson left the field and didn’t return to the game. Sources told the Boston Globe that Watson has been placed in the concussion protocol.Reid was penalized for the play and will likely receive a fine from the league within a week. NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reports the league will not evaluate the hit for a suspension.last_img