Broncos' Randy Gregory and Rams' Oday Aboushi suspended after throwing punches at Christmas

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Denver Broncos forward Randy Gregory and Los Angeles Rams forward Oday Aboushi are both being punished for throwing punches on Christmas Day, as both players will be suspended for Week 17 without pay.

The game at SoFi Stadium ended in a 51-14 rout for the Rams, and while the players did their usual handshakes and such after the game, Gregory and Aboushi went a little further.

Gregory and Aboushi were spotted in midfield exchanging helmet words and it looked like things were heating up a bit. Then Gregory threw the first hit, hitting Aboushi in the helmet, and the Rams player immediately countered with a hit of his own.

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Matthew Stafford #9 of the Los Angeles Rams takes shotgun position behind Brian Allen #55 and Oday Aboushi #63 during a 31-14 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium on October 30, 2022 in Inglewood, California.

Matthew Stafford #9 of the Los Angeles Rams takes shotgun position behind Brian Allen #55 and Oday Aboushi #63 during a 31-14 loss to the San Francisco 49ers at SoFi Stadium on October 30, 2022 in Inglewood, California.
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Broncos and Rams players intervened as the two players yelled at each other some more before being pulled apart.

“As you walked towards a group of teammates, coaches and media, both stopped and shook each other’s heads and/or necks,” wrote Jon Runyan, vice president of football operations for the NFL, in a post. letter to Gregory and Aboushi, via the NFL. Media. “His aggressive conduct could have caused serious injury and clearly does not reflect the high standards of sportsmanship expected of a professional.”

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It was a frustrating game for Gregory as the Broncos suffered their worst loss in a season full of disappointing starts. Gregory finished the game with just two tackles, and the Rams’ offense split the Broncos’ defense, scoring on every offensive possession of the game.

The Broncos’ offense didn’t help either, as Russell Wilson, who has struggled to find consistency and rhythm in his first season in Denver, threw three interceptions and was eventually pulled out of the game by backup Brett Rypien. He would throw an interception that was recovered for an 85-yard touchdown.

ARCHIVE - Denver Broncos linebacker Randy Gregory looks on during an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, September 18, 2022, in Denver.  Gregory's knee is healthy and he is ready to return after more than two months away.

ARCHIVE – Denver Broncos linebacker Randy Gregory looks on during an NFL football game against the Houston Texans, Sunday, September 18, 2022, in Denver. Gregory’s knee is healthy and he is ready to return after more than two months away.
(AP photo/Bart Young, archive)

That was the last straw for the Broncos, who fired head coach Nathaniel Hackett after going 4-11 in his first year with Denver.

And even with the poor record, there’s no looking forward to the 2023 NFL Draft for a high first-round pick, as Denver traded a boatload of draft capital to acquire Wilson from the Seattle Seahawks last offseason to bolster their offense. . Instead, it was rock bottom for a team set to make big strides in 2022.

The Rams, however, didn’t fare much better after lifting the Vince Lombardi Trophy at SoFi Stadium in February after winning the Super Bowl. At 5-10, they were also eliminated from playoff contention, but injuries could be to blame for what happened in Los Angeles.

The Rams lost Matthew Stafford, Cooper Kupp, Aaron Donald and many others by the end of the season.

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With Baker Mayfield at center now, after trying John Wolford and Bryce Perkins, he found success with two wins in three games as the Rams would look to end the season on a high note.

The Broncos will face off against the Chiefs and Los Angeles Chargers to finish out their season, and the Seahawks will be watching closely to see where they pick next year.

Randy Gregory #5 of the Denver Broncos warms up against the San Francisco 49ers at Empower Field At Mile High on September 25, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.

Randy Gregory #5 of the Denver Broncos warms up against the San Francisco 49ers at Empower Field At Mile High on September 25, 2022 in Denver, Colorado.
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Meanwhile, the Rams end the year against the Chargers and Seahawks respectively.

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