In Japan, American football is growing in popularity, but recently, a late hit that caused injuries to a quarterback created quite a stir.
In a game between Nihon University and Kwansei Gakuin University, a Nihon defender plowed into the back of the Kwansei Gakuin quarterback’s legs, drawing the ire of many.
As you can see in the video below, the hit was a brutal one, and came well after the quarterback had released the ball:
According to a report from NHK World, the quarterback’s injuries will take about three weeks to heal. That’s good news, because it could have been worse.
Japanese officials are looking into the hit and seeing what can be done to prevent it from happening again:
At a news conference on Monday, Japan Sports Agency chief Daichi Suzuki described the act by the Nihon University player as shocking and called it an extremely dangerous tackle.
Suzuki said such a dangerous foul should not be tolerated, and it’s necessary to look into the facts and background in order to prevent a recurrence.
Nothing has been decided, but it seems a suspension could be coming for the offending Nihon University player.