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. sam

    These helmet first launch-style hits are just plain stupid. First off its poor form, the chances of stopping a guy are much better if you wrap up and bring down the player with a real tackle. Many times ball handlers will stay up because the guy trying to lay the hit doesn't hit the guy square. Secondly, the chances of serious brain/spinal injury increase with these dumb hits, often times for the idiot trying to lay the hit. Football and good defense is much more than just brutal hitting.

    That being said, fines will not solve the problem. It needs to be solved with better coaching in junior/high school and college. The game would still be rough without these dumb hits, guys can still get the wind knocked out of them by proper tackling and wrapping up.

    Also, Kyle, how many more times are you going to use that tampon line...you are L-A-M-E, clearly an idiot.

    October 20, 2010 at 2:25 am | Report abuse |
  2. Abudu Mukarram

    The NFL should make players pay for their own liability insurance. That will make them think twice about spearing another player with their helmet. A simple rule should be that any contact with your body above the shoulders with another player's body above the shoulders while making a tackle should be considered foul unless you are in the act of blocking another player.

    October 20, 2010 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. El_Capitan_De_Amerigo_Vespucci

    DeSean jackson was humiliating Dunta and the entire Falcons team by the midpoint of the first quarter. 2 touchdowns of over 30 yards? he was probably going to enter the record books without Dunta's cheap shot.

    October 20, 2010 at 2:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Chris

    If ejections are going to be levied against players in-game, then the NFL should expand its instant replay policy to include video review of questionably flagrant hits.

    Fines and suspensions can be appealed between games, but in-game suspensions cannot and they can immediately affect the outcome of the game. People will be up in arms if a referee ejects a player because he thought he saw a flagrant attempt to injure another player when, in reality, no such foul occurred.

    October 20, 2010 at 3:05 am | Report abuse |
  5. Bremen3011

    Well this is football, helmets will hit each other. But really these are weak fines, get real this is chunk change to these way way over payed people, if you are gonna fine people over this then make it good at least, a few million should do the trick.
    I have to admit its sad sports players get payed so damn much and our firefighters, police, teachers, and countless others who benefit society the most don't get payed nearly enough in comparison. Yay for USA.

    October 20, 2010 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Levi

      Umm, just what is "chunk change"? Or did you mean "chump change"?

      October 20, 2010 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  6. scrib1010

    Wonder what you're supposed to do with your head when you're playing a fast and physical game called football. Perhaps you're supposed to quickly reach up and detach your head while running at full speed. I remember the old spearing with the head technique. Very bad and dangerous for both the deliverer and recipient; but what the NFL is calling helmet to helmet today is just ridiculous. Football is a rough and tumble game. You want to be protected at all times. Take up tennis.

    October 20, 2010 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |
  7. Maybeben

    I don't know about the other two, but I was watching the Atlanta game. It was a hard hit, but there was nothing intentionally malicious about it. It's great if the league is cracking down on obvious misconduct, but the way the refs have been making calls this year, it's going to get to the point when tackling someone will mean tapping them lightly on the shoulder and politely asking them to please stop running.

    October 20, 2010 at 5:25 am | Report abuse |
  8. James

    I just wish we would be a little more conerned about the lives of our troops in Afghanistan who are being restricted with inane tactics. These political decisions on how they are to fight is costing American lives that shouldn't be lost.

    Who is responsible for the loss of those lives ?

    Semper Fi !

    October 20, 2010 at 6:26 am | Report abuse |
  9. steel curtain

    you people aer dumb

    October 20, 2010 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
    • but-fa-ker

      i think i pee pee'd on me self

      October 20, 2010 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  10. Dream Sequence

    GOD IS NOT REAL. These fines and rules are proof !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 20, 2010 at 7:01 am | Report abuse |
  11. Melle

    Welp...looks like Ray Lewis is out of a job.

    October 20, 2010 at 7:13 am | Report abuse |
  12. Lendalee

    Look to yall who said stupid s__t yes it is football and yes playrs get hurt but, as in other parts of life we (/humans/not animals) learn to make a changes improvements in many areas of our ( life,buisness,home, sports,) jobs of all types, and many many other things, when we see that how we were doing it was and is so wrong and bad that it needs to be changed !!!!! Hello!!! this is one of those things!!!!!!!!

    October 20, 2010 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  13. Bran Dubh

    Yet another advantage to the offense. If one has played football, even at the high school level, one knows that in the heat of the game things happen that are not intentional. Blatant attempts to injure should be dealt with severly, but in the open field all it taked is a centimeter or two of error for something like unintentional helmet to helmet contact to occur. And who will determine what is an intentional violation? Some are obviously intentional, others many are not. Who will make those decisions? Looks like more reviews to come with a situation like this. What? Three or four red flags per half now? It is a contact sport, the players know that when they sign on the line. This is the NFL, not Pee Wee, football not wussball.

    October 20, 2010 at 8:05 am | Report abuse |
  14. sf13

    Remember Dick Butkas, Franko Harris, Jack Lambert? Now THOSE were punishing hits! You never saw those guys come to the sidelines because of a little blood or a broken finger in those days. However, atheletes then didn't make millions either. Also, players today are so much better trained in strength and tecnique. These guys nowadays are treated like thoroughbred race horses. Too much money envolved.

    October 20, 2010 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
  15. wguthrie

    Helmet-to-helmet hits do not help a team win–except by injuring the opposing player. Helmet-to-helmet hits do not make the game more fun to watch unless you like to see more injuries and/or you think football should be more like pro wrestling. A slap-on-the-wrist fine is not going to stop them from happening. You need suspensions. You need the team fined also if that team's players do it more often. You need 15-yard penalties given on the spot. And a player who does it twice in the same game needs to be ejected from the game at that point.

    October 20, 2010 at 8:29 am | Report abuse |
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