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It doesn't look intentional to me from either angle. Looks like he made a split sec decision to hurdle the tackle (happens several times every Sun), but since the kicker didn't know how to tackle, he got a foot in the head accidentally. The 2nd half of the incident, after the initial & accidental foot to the head, where he tries to push off to get away, that's the part he'll probably get fined for.
Maybe it deserves a fine, certainly not a suspension.
After further review........still looks like a missed hurdle attempt to me.
Anybody that's played football as a ball carrier is wired to gain yards. It's the D guys that dole out punishment, not the O guys trying to score points.
Missed hurdle attempt because only a kicker leads with his head Any other member of that unit would have thrown a body at the runner's legs, or something besides making himself a pure target for hurt.
The runner didn't know what to do about the guy in front of him that was bobbing and weaving instead of making a play, so when he saw that the kicker wasn't lowering his head (for runner to make a hurdle attempt) looks like runner stiff-legged the guy on the pads. Runner's going 15MPH, so wasn't much able to avert, IMO.
Rick and Sandy
2003 American Eagle, 46K miles
...from Sept 2015