NFL says Terence Garvin's block on Kevin Huber was illegal

By Josh Katzowitz | NFL Writer

The NFL admitted Tuesday the block on Kevin Huber was illegal. (USATSI)
The NFL admitted Tuesday the block on Kevin Huber was illegal. (USATSI)

Asked on Wednesday what he thought about the block levied by Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin, Bengals punter Kevin Huber, he of the broken jaw and cracked vertebrae, said it wasn't his decision not to throw a penalty flag.

Turns out, there should have been a flag thrown after all.

"This is an illegal block. It should have been a flag for a 15-yard penalty," Dean Blandino, the vice president of officiating, told the NFL Network on Tuesday. "You'll see the close-up where you can see the contact to the head or neck area. So this will certainly be a point of emphasis this week, especially with our referees who are responsible for the punter on plays like this."

See what he means?

"We have to watch the punter, he's defenseless," Blandino said. "And we want to flag hits like that."

Unfortunately for the Bengals, that's probably little comfort to them and their punter who will miss the rest of the season.

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