Chargers’ Derwin James ejected for vicious hit that injured Colts receiver

Derwin James of the Los Angeles Chargers was ejected from the team’s 20-3 “Monday Night Football” victory over the Indianapolis Colts for a vicious hit.

James was making his first start since suffering a quad injury in the Chargers’ Dec. 4 loss to the Raiders. He had already thrown an interception before laying a brutal helmet-to-helmet hit on Colts wide receiver Ashton Dulin at Lucas Oil Stadium.

The crack of the hit could be heard on the broadcast as James led with the crown of his helmet. The penalty was imposed because Dulin was deemed a defenseless receiver. Dulin did not get up from the hit until medical personnel assisted him.

Dulin was taken to the medical tent immediately following the collision and was ruled out for the rest of the game due to a concussion. After Dulin was removed from the field, the officials ejected James. Just two plays earlier, James received a facemask penalty while attempting to tackle Colts receiver Michael Pittman.