At the end of a punt in the fourth quarter, the special teams ace got into a scuffle with Chargers offensive lineman Scott Mruczkowski on the ground. When Nickey rose to his feet, he lost his temper and took a swing at Mruczkowski, but instead struck referee Bill Levy who was trying to break up the scrap. Nickey was hit with a 15-yard personal foul penalty and an immediate ejection, per the NFL rulebook.
Watch video of Donnie Nickey's ejection below.
After the game, Titans coach Jeff Fisher told The Tennessean that he wasn't happy with the decision to eject Nickey. "I agree with the foul. I don't agree with the ejection," Fisher said. "It was unintentional. But that is the rule. If you contact an official, you must be ejected."
Defensive end Jason Babin, who stuck up for his teammate to no avail, said Nickey was just trying to defend himself when the ref got in the way.
"The guy was on top of him grinding Donnie's face in the ground and the referee wasn't breaking it up," Babin told The Tennessean. "Donnie got up and tried to defend himself and the ref ran in front of him and caught the two-handed blow by accident. If you jump in front of a speeding car, what do you expect to happen? Donnie wasn't trying to punch the guy. It was an accident."