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Ex-Charger Jerry Tillery ejected for late hit on LA QB Justin Herbert

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Las Vegas Raiders defensive tackle Jerry Tillery was ejected for a late hit on Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert in the second quarter of their game Sunday.

Tillery, a former teammate of Herbert’s, delivered a forearm shot to the quarterback’s upper body after he had stepped out of bounds at the end of a 3-yard scramble.

The Chargers bench swarmed Tillery, surrounding him before he was ushered away by Raiders teammate John Jenkins.

Tillery was subsequently ejected for unnecessary roughness, continuing a penchant for questionable sportsmanship by the five-year pro.

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A first-round draft pick by the Chargers in 2019, Tillery’s time in Los Angeles ended when he was waived midway through the 2022 season after making 10 1/2 sacks in 54 games and accruing a number of 15-yard penalties.

Tillery signed with the Raiders and played the final eight games of the season, but his midseason move was best remembered for picking up a costly dead ball penalty in a 17-16 loss at the Los Angeles Rams on Dec. 8, 2022.

Tillery knocked the ball away from then-Rams quarterback Baker Mayfield after he had been sacked on first down, and the penalty helped lead to a winning, last-second touchdown pass just days after Mayfield joined Los Angeles.

The Raiders went on to lose three of their final four games and fall out of playoff contention.

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Tillery also apologized for kicking a USC player in the helmet and stomping on the foot of another while playing in college at Notre Dame in 2016.

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