Packers safety Jermaine Whitehead ejected in second quarter vs. Patriots

Whitehead had slapped center David Andrews.

Jermaine Whitehead ejected
Jermaine Whitehead is escorted off the field after he was ejected. –photo by Matthew J. Lee/Globe staff

FOXBOROUGH – Packers safety Jermaine Whitehead was ejected in the second quarter of the Patriots game Sunday night after he slapped center David Andrews after a play.

The slap, which came in the aftermath of a 10-yard run by Cordarrelle Patterson, mostly brushed Andrews in the face mask. It was clearly unnecessary though not particularly dangerous.

“In #GBvsNE, Jermaine Whitehead was ejected from the game for striking the head of an opponent. The ejection was confirmed by NY,’’ the NFL explained on its officiating Twitter account.

Decisions to eject a player often come from the league’s refereeing headquarters in New York. Referee Brad Allen’s crew in Foxborough didn’t offer up the reasoning behind the ejection after it happened.

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Whitehead, 25, was taking on a larger role this game as the Packers replacement for Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, their former starting safety. Clinton-Dix was traded to the Redskins earlier this week just before the trading deadline.

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