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. james4833

    Baloney–The League won't do a damn thing to the players. Fines mean absolutely nothing. Until they are ejected from the game "on the spot" and "suspended without pay" it doesn't mean a thing to them. I wouldn't hold my breath one either one of these scenarios.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Tim12

    This new rule isn't going to save players from getting hurt. If i had to take a guess you're going to see me career ending knee injuries now from defensive players diving full speed at running back and receiver's knees.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Schniggy VonFlugen

    It's unreal how many dumber than dirt folks there are! Using the crown of your helmet is unnecessary and should be severely punished. Period. There is no valid argument against it...period. Big hits will remain, injuries will remain...it's part of the sport. Attempting to break your opponents (and your own) neck is not.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • El_Capitan_De_Amerigo_Vespucci

      true that some of these morons would get hurt falling out of bed and they wanna see brutal helmet to helmet hits because nobody cried about it 50 years ago when there were a bunch of unathletic individuals with off-season jobs playing football. everyone his huge, strong and fast now and helmet to helmet = not good football

      October 20, 2010 at 2:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Shamrock6

      Don't misinterpret apathy for being dumb. I don't care whether these guys get hurt or not. It's all entertainment to me. I've never lost one minute of sleep over someone getting hit helmet to helmet regardless of the outcome. They make millions of dollars. You don't want to get hurt. Don't play. Otherwise drill them.

      October 20, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  4. Rob

    Are we going to fine a running back for putting his head down and running over someone

    October 19, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Nate.49

    I think its Bs. Why are they fined.? Its Football. ITs what the contract is for. Did you ever hear the leather heads ever cryin about getting hurt. Cmon! He will be fine. These athletes play football because they love it. And They know what the Cautions are. Let them pLay as agressive as they can. ITs a CONTACT sPORT! Its What the pads are for. If the NFL is so worried about them getting hurt. Get better equipment or People who are Willing to PLay at the High LEvel of the NFL.

    October 19, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Conrad

      I don't mind watching a game in which all "roughness", "face mask", "chop block", and other similar rules be thrown out of a window. While you at it, get rid of the equipment...

      October 20, 2010 at 1:44 am | Report abuse |
    • wguthrie

      The leatherheads never did head-to-head hits. It might net be a bad idea to go back to the old leather helmets.

      October 20, 2010 at 8:35 am | Report abuse |
  6. Ronald Raygun

    the should just kick each other in the balls instead of tackling...

    October 19, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Pointless

    CNN highlights this article at the top of its "Don't Miss" section and then it is only 5 sentences?

    October 19, 2010 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  8. theaudacityofaphony

    Ummm....how about a fine on TJ Ward (browns/stains) for his leaping helmet to helmet hit on R. Mendenhall (Steelers) 4th qtr...blatant oversight

    October 20, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  9. gene

    I think that who ever puts a man out of the game or for any time in the game should be benched until that guy can come back in, if he is not as important as the offender too bad. I used to sit in a bar years ago and when Budkis hit a heavy hit I would say unnecessary roughness, LOL, now with the speed and strength of these guys there has to be protection of some sort between better equipment and inforced rules and creative penalties there should be a way. aloha gene

    October 20, 2010 at 1:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. Troll Lord

    It's very simple. No deliberate hitting above the numbers. Ever watch Da Bears Brian Urlacher tackle a player ?? He TACKLES him. He does not spear, launch, or go helmet to helmet. These other idiots DO NOT TACKLE, but attempt to ram into and knock over the opposing player. This is not the Roman Arena or Rollerball. You lunatics won't be happy until someone gets killed on national television. Rule change; any deliberate hit above the numbers will result in the following: (1) First Offense-6 game suspension, without pay. (2) Second Offense-12 game suspension, without pay. (3) Third Offense-indefinite suspension until a review by the Commissioners Office, without pay. Call me what you will, but I love a good, clean, hard-hitting game of Football. What we are witnessing is not football; but legally sanctioned mayhem where the intent is to hurt, cripple, or kill another person. Enough is Enough.

    October 20, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
  11. I'm just being honest

    This is about the helmet to helmet hits, so for those saying the NFL is being to PC or whatever you should understand how bad a helmet to helmet hit is. Take a look at Kevin Everett and what happened to Desean Jackson last week. They should make it more like a 30 yard penalty as well. But some people who don't really know about it will just continue to crave this type of stuff but complain if it takes out their star player or what have you.

    October 20, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  12. Conrad

    Just make everyone wears 1920s equipment again. Then they will think twice before doing a helmet and helmet hit.

    October 20, 2010 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. tomcat

    and how many linemen get poked in the eyes stepped on spit at and this is from their teamates. i feel bad for the centers take the ball launch it at your boys all while someone is tickling your fancy

    October 20, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
  14. tomcat

    i liked it better before they moved the refs

    October 20, 2010 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  15. tomcat

    they are only penalties when you get caught

    October 20, 2010 at 1:59 am | Report abuse |
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