Denver Broncos defensive tackle Brodrick Bunkley left Saturday night's preseason game after being on the receiving end of a cut-block by Seattle Seahawks left guard Robert Gallery.
The play, a screen pass from Tarvaris Jackson to Leon Washington, was going in the opposite direction when Gallery cut Bunkley, who was acquired earlier this month from the Philadelphia Eagles. Broncos defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson, who made the tackle on the play in question, took issue with the play during and after the game.
"In preseason right now, we don’t need that," Vickerson said via Lindsay Jones of The Denver Post. "There’s a thing about keeping the players safe. But when you’re doing chop blocks, you’re not keeping anybody safe. That really ticked me off. That was uncalled for."
The Seahawks were flagged for a chop block on their next possession, but the penalty was declined as Jackson's third-down pass to Sidney Rice fell incomplete. Gallery was last flagged for a chop block during the 2009 regular season when he was with the Oakland Raiders.