Lavonte David on Geno Smith penalty: 'I guess I hit him late'

Lavonte David seemed surprise to be flagged for his late hit on Geno Smith. (USATSI)
Linebacker Lavonte David is one of the Buccaneers' best players, but an ill-timed lapse in judgment cost Tampa Bay a Week 1 win over the New York Jets. Moments after the Bucs scored the go-ahead field goal and with 38 seconds left on the clock, Jets rookie quarterback Geno Smith scrambled down the right side before going out of bounds near the Bucs' 45 -- where he was promptly hit by David.

A 15-yard penalty later, kicker Nick Folk took the field and calmly striped a 48-yarder for the 18-17 win.

After the game, David sounded surprised that he was flagged.

Meanwhile, Rex Ryan lives to fight another week.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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