Laser pointer from the stands becomes an issue during 'Monday Night Football'

Houston Texans quarterback Brock Osweiler had enough to deal with on Monday night without someone trying to shine a laser pointer in his eyes.

Late in the first half of the Texans’ game in Mexico City against the Oakland Raiders, ESPN said there was an issue with at least one laser pointer being used from the stands. ESPN showed a replay of a green light being flashed at Osweiler, seemingly trying to point it in his eyes.

ESPN play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough said near the end of the first half that NFL security was aware of the issue and was trying to find the person shining the pointer on the field. There were plays in the third quarter in which the green light was visible.

Osweiler said he was aware of the light and said it hit his eyes.

“Certainly having a laser zoomed in on your eyeball definitely affects how you play a game,” Osweiler said.

It’s not the first time the NFL has had an issue with laser pointers. In one publicized case from 2014, the Detroit Lions banned a fan for life from Ford Field for shining a laser pointer at Buffalo Bills players.

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