Was Eric Reid's late hit on Ben Watson retaliation for shot on Twitter?

Justin Leger
NBC Sports Boston

New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson was the victim of a late hit by Carolina Panthers safety Eric Reid in the first quarter of Thursday night's preseason matchup.

The play very well may have been an honest mistake, but coincidentally the two veterans also mixed it up off the field earlier this week.

Reid recently was critical of the Players Coalition as well as Jay-Z's partnership with the NFL. That didn't sit well with Watson, who responded with the tweet below:

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Regardless of whether it was retaliation, there was no indication of ill will between the two players after the late hit. Reid approached Watson and they appeared to share a few friendly words before Reid helped the 38-year-old up.

Watson was checked for a concussion after the play. As for Reid, the only damage done will be to his bank account as he can expect a fine for his actions.

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Was Eric Reid's late hit on Ben Watson retaliation for shot on Twitter? originally appeared on NBC Sports Boston

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