October 19th, 2010
06:22 PM ET

3 NFL players fined after weekend of violent hits

The National Football League has fined three players for flagrant violations of player safety rules during this weekend's games.

Pittsburgh Steeler James Harrison was fined $75,000. New England Patriot Brandon Meriweather and Atlanta Falcon Dunta Robinson were each fined $50,000.

Several players were injured Sunday in what some fans and observers perceived as a particularly violent weekend of football.

That led to an announcement from the NFL on Tuesday saying while the league may not specifically change any rules of the game, it will be more vigilant about ejecting and/or suspending players who have made flagrant hits.

Read more about the weekend of violent hits.

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  1. darko2k

    There's a difference between make a clean hit and using your 'protective' gear as a weapon. Football will not be worse for this. However, unintentionally hitting the QB on the head when swatting at his pass is stupid...and football is worse because of it.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. mac316

    I think harrison should be suspended for the cheap shots he gave and then arrogantly walked away. talk about a highlite hound as they say here in pgh ....he is a jaggoff suspend him for the rest of the season and fine him double they were clearly CHEAP SHOTS both of them

    October 19, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Cleanup on aisle 3. We have Mac316's panties in a bunch over here.

      October 19, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • NFL

      You must be a Browns fan

      October 20, 2010 at 10:08 am | Report abuse |
  3. Kyle

    Football needs to go back to the rules of the 70's and 80's. I miss the hits of Ronnie Lott, of Lawrence Taylor, and of the old Miami Hurricanes in college.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:47 pm | Report abuse |
  4. CJ

    Hey Dave Tampa,

    You are one rude, dum SOB aren't you. Tell you what DA....keep you stupid comments to yourself, retard!

    October 19, 2010 at 10:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • TCP

      WOW! Ironic post of the day award....

      Spread the word to end the word!

      October 20, 2010 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rich

    I remember back in the day when a defensive player from Chicago was interviewed and he explained that he had a dream that he hit a guy so hard it popped his head off. God I miss real football! (btw-I loves to hate the bears). Real Football fans will KNOW who this player was!!!

    You wimps!

    October 19, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Big Al

    The hits violate league rules and fines are appropriate, but nothing new. Unfortunately the exponentially increased fines levyed this weekend are, ultimately, arbitrary and premature and the players and union should appeal. While such hits are deserving of large fines and/or suspensions (even though such actions require split second decision making in an inherently violent sport) teams and players also deserve to understand the degree of consequence in advance.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jim Brieske

    The NFL is fixed. Any highly intelligent person knows it. To waste one's time watching it is foolish. You myswell take a bunch of ex-lax on Saturday night. Wake up Sunday morning and go on 5 hour hike. Like an NFL football game the outcome is pre-determined, you will cr*p your pants sometime before or after noon. Close to game time.
    If all the money is removed then it would not be fixed. Sadly, betting has caused hundreds of millions of dollars to be wagered weekly. It may be over a billion and billions on the playoffs and on The Pooper Bowl.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • TCP

      That's a disturbing poo obssession you've go there...

      October 20, 2010 at 7:20 am | Report abuse |
  8. chris

    i find it hard to believe that anyone who played at collegiate level or above would consider the nfl's actions appropriate...its friggn football people, its a violent sport that idolizes toughness. i can understand a helmet to helmet on a defenseless quarterback but come on...a sick tackle taking out someone trying to come across the middle changes the game. you think teams will be able or will want to run that route next game? no. they will rely on the out or slants....well away from our 4 linebackers!

    October 19, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Ashton

    THEY need to do something about the VIOLENCE in "football." (The rest of the world calls soccer "football," which really makes more sense people.) I think something like if one guy gets hurt, the one who hurt him should be removed from the game. What's wrong with baseball, people?

    October 19, 2010 at 10:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jamann

      Nobody gives a damn what other countries call soccer. We all know what football is here in the U.S. and that's the only football we care about. Your use of quotations was not needed.

      October 20, 2010 at 6:29 am | Report abuse |
  10. C Shepard

    About time. Real fans want their players on the field, not out for the season. I bet those complaining did not even see the hits. Get NFL replay and watch...it's cheap. The tackles could have easily been made without the head launches. Brandon Meriweather and James Harrison were dirty. Dunta Robinson was stupid. The rule should be simple...if tackle could have been made without the "launch" you are suspended. Otherwise benefit of doubt.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      No way. Let 'em play.

      October 19, 2010 at 11:01 pm | Report abuse |
  11. FlagFootball

    For all the writers above who are concerned about turning the game into touch of flag football and like their football rough and tough, here's an idea: Let's go back to the real rough and tough days and play the game with the equipment they used in the 1940's. That would satisfy the 'Man up' crowd and probably reduce head injuries since now the attacker would be risking his own head and career.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  12. hoss

    These people get paid what they do for a reason, if its to rough they can get real jobs like the rest of us.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. NFL Logic

    You people who claim that Football is about violence should learn how the game is supposed to be played. Yes it is a contact game but it does not mean dangerous and idiotic hits should be allowed. Anyone who thinks that a cheap shop at a fellow player who is better than you is O.K. needs to go home and hit their head on the wall at full speed because when a sorry excuse of a player hits helmet to helmet is basically the equivalent. Just because someone else is better at the game they should not have to take such hit from less talented players and it is obvious that those here who are for it are or were bench warmers. They should be suspended and fined no less than $150K.

    October 19, 2010 at 10:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      Brandon Meriweather is a Pro-Bowler. Idiot.

      October 19, 2010 at 11:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • NFL Logic

      Kyle, you are indeed one of those bench warmers, what does being a pro-bowler have to do with allowing a cheap shot? You are a complete Idiot at its full capacity, Brandon is a dirty player so take that and shove it.

      October 19, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Brandon Meriweather is a Pro-Bowler-this means he is really really really good by NFL standards. This explanation has been provided to you courtesy of a x football payer that put the ring in bell...........wimp

      October 19, 2010 at 11:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • NFL Logic

      Dirty is Dirty I can careless how much of a pro-bowler he is, as for wimp I bet you never played the game so go home and stick to what you know best and that is keep playing with your Barbie dolls Wimp. Know stay down before I put you down! Lol

      October 19, 2010 at 11:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      oh yeah I played the game, and fact is a fact. I bet you are probably a pro bowler too huh meat? 🙂

      October 19, 2010 at 11:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      know .............DA

      October 19, 2010 at 11:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Kyle

      NFL Logic – Oh I'm so sorry, I didn't mean to offend you. By the way, I think your tampon needs changing.

      October 20, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • TCP

      Hey Kyle and Rich, grab me a beer while your up! FUGGIN' couch monkeys...back to your fantasy league!

      October 20, 2010 at 7:25 am | Report abuse |
  14. Doug911

    Why is it that every rule, every trend, seems to go AGAINST defenses here in the last 30 years? We're seeing insanely high scores, mostly because defenses have their hands tied behind their back by the pesky league. Let defenses play defense. REAL FANS APPRECIATE DEFENSIVE FOOTBALL.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Rich

      Man how many times did the boys yell kill that SOB...........yeah baby that football....

      October 19, 2010 at 11:29 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Rich

    Anyone who says football aint violent must have played in the powder puff game. I did not see the hits, don't watch the wimped out game no more...last straw was when they put the yellow line across to show you wimps were the 1st down is....BUT there are such things as dirty hits/late hits/spearing, that is what the refs are for....you know them guys in the "zebra" uniforms....maybe they need to put a orange circle around them for you wimps. Jeeez!

    October 19, 2010 at 11:11 pm | Report abuse |
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