Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith was ejected from Sunday's game against the Houston Texans for a helmet-to-helmet hit.
Smith was penalized for lowering his head on a tackle against Texans tight end Jordan Akins late in the second quarter. Akins held onto the ball for a 26-yard completion, but he left the game after the play and was subsequently ruled out for the remainder of the contest with a concussion.
Vikings coach Mike Zimmer argued with an official about the call after Smith was ejected.
The Texans kicked a field goal on the drive to cut the Vikings' lead to 17-6 heading into halftime.
Smith, the five-time Pro Bowl selection, had three tackles before his day ended.
Both the Texans and Vikings are in search of their first win of the season after starting 0-3.
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