Commanders’ John Ridgeway Body Slams Texans’ Dameon Pierce in Game

Commanders’ John Ridgeway Body Slams Texans’ Dameon Pierce in Game

Commanders rookie John Ridgeway pulled off a tackle in Sunday’s game against the Texans that would have made any WWE performer proud.

Early in the second half with Houston on offense, Davis Mills checked down to running back Dameon Pierce who began to shuffle his way upfield. The towering Ridgeway quickly embraced the rookie ball carrier and swallowed him whole.

Standing at 6-foot-5 and weighing 321 pounds, Ridgeway wrapped up the much smaller Pierce (5’10”, 218 pounds), but still couldn’t manage to bring him to the ground. The defensive tackle decided to alter his approach and body slam Pierce to the ground.

Unfortunately for Ridgeway, he plays in the NFL and powerbombing a ballcarrier is generally frowned upon. The rookie defensive tackle was flagged by the Texans for excessive roughness on the play. This allowed the Commanders to advance half the distance to their goal to the Commanders’ 5-yard line. Houston ended the drive with a 29-yard field goal from Ka’imi Fairbairn four plays later. Despite Ridgeway’s tackle possibly having contributed to Houston’s score, Washington dominated the game for most the afternoon. The Commanders took down the Texans 23-10 to improve to 6-5 on the season.

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