Sep 10, 2017; Houston, TX, USA; Jacksonville Jaguars running back Leonard Fournette (27) runs the ball as Houston Texans defensive end Joel Heath (93) tackles during the first quarter at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Lions DT Joel Heath tears ACL in non-contact drill

Detroit Lions defensive tackle Joel Heath is done for the season after tearing his ACL during the team’s organized team activities this week, NFL Network reported.

Heath was injured during a non-contact bag drill while the team was doing individual workouts, according to the report.

Heath, 27, signed with Detroit in mid-February after being released by the Denver Broncos earlier in the month. He opted out of the 2020 season with Denver due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Heath spent his first four seasons with the Houston Texans and had 34 tackles and three sacks in 32 games (16 starts).

He played college football at Michigan State and wasn’t selected in the 2016 draft before signing with the Texans. He was released prior to the team’s 2019 regular-season finale.

–Field Level Media

Dec 31, 2020; Fort Worth, TX, USA; The Mississippi State Bulldogs and Tulsa Golden Hurricane teams fight after the game at Amon G. Carter Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Postgame brawl mars Tulsa-Mississippi State bowl game

An ugly postgame brawl erupted after the Armed Forces Bowl between No. 24 Tulsa and Mississippi State on Thursday and at least one player was injured.

Tulsa safety Kendarin Ray was helped off the field after reportedly being hit in the head by a helmet. Golden Hurricane coach Philip Montgomery said Ray is being treated for a concussion.

Video of the brawl show players from both sides throwing punches and even a few are seen delivering kicks. Coaching staffs of both teams were powerless to stop it and Fort Worth security and law enforcement personnel were on the field trying to calm the situation.

After Tulsa safety Tieneal Martin threw some punches and fell to the ground, Mississippi State receiver Malik Heath can be seen delivering a kick to Martin’s facemask.

Montgomery says his players were just sticking up for one another.

“The one thing I’ll say is our program, our guys, we’re a team that is going to stand up for each other and we’re going to battle,” Montgomery said. “We’re a team that has battled all year long. We battled again today.”

The teams also had to be separated prior to the game, so tensions were high throughout Mississippi State’s 28-26 victory.

Afterward, Bulldogs coach Mike Leach implied his team wasn’t the cause of the incidents.

“I’m not sure what exactly caused that,” Leach said of the postgame skirmish. “There was something before the game, too. We never had any problem with that the entire season, so you know, I can only guess without seeing the film.

“But prior to this game, we’ve never had any trouble with that.”

Asked how he would address it with this team, Leach said, “Don’t do it anymore. It’s just dumb. There was some of that stuff going back and forth in the course of the game.”

–Field Level Media