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. Brian B

    Ironically... Right now on NFL.com you can buy pictures of the two James Harrison hits. $15 for a 6×6. $250 for a canvas wrap.

    The NFL is a joke...

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

    The first hit on Cribbs from Harrison was questionable. Borderline helmet to helmet. The second one on the wide reciever was a good clean, yes, vicious, hit. The wide reciever is coming over the middle, on his feet. He made,here's the stupidest term in football, a football move and got hit hard. Isn't that what a linebacker is supposed to do? Jar the ball loose. That's what he did. That's what he should do. Everytime!! Should we have lineman not hit so hard? Try not to open a hole for his running back? Of course not! let them play the game!! I'm glad these fluffers don't run Rugby. It would be outlawed. The Aussies are laughing their butts off about now.

    October 20, 2010 at 8:36 am | Report abuse |
  3. Michael

    Have viewed the hit by Atlanta's Robinson from every angle. It was a a clean hit. If I were him, I would sue the league for defamation of character.

    October 20, 2010 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
  4. Thenextstep

    So when can they start takling all the girls on the field using they're hair coming out of the helmets to pull them down to help takle.??? I mean thats an extremity just like the arms/legs. I'll give them some credit. Atleast they're starting to call the show-boating in the endzone with some regularity.

    October 20, 2010 at 8:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Rob

    Its simple – it has to be a penalty first, then think about fining/suspending for multiple offenses – you can't have three punishments for the same infraction! If the team is penalized, then the COACH will make sure it stops – and thats where it should be solved – on the field of play. As with any other penalty, if someone keeps doing it enough, they will most liklely sit on the bench for a while...)

    October 20, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  6. JiminNM

    People don't seem to care about the use of performance enhancing drugs, blood doping etc. if their team will win, and cheer injuries inflicted. We have become a nation without values other than selfishness and basically pay enormous salaries to watch players behave like animals. The spectators are the problem.

    October 20, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Brian B

      These players get paid hundreds of millions to entertain us, not to be pampered at every turn. They know the risk and they take it. Don't like it? Don't watch...

      October 20, 2010 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  7. Shamrock6

    Not concerned. I think the helmet to helmet hits make it more interesting. I would watch it more knowing that there is a chance these guys could die or be paralyzed. It's why I love racing so much. Those guys take a real chance every week of being injured severly or being killed. Let them drill each other. Who cares.

    October 20, 2010 at 8:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. Derrrrp

    @ JamBar & all others under this perception:

    "Severe injuries during the sport have been getting more common every year. The fault lies in part with better equipment which facilitates harder hits."

    I agree. Let's go back to leather headbands, and no shoulder or kneepads. THAT will slow the children down. Teach them not to play so rough in NFL's sandbox.

    Actually, they're all wildly over payed. I just hope more of this sjit comes along and kills the sport as a "profession".

    October 20, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  9. Football mom

    My biggest concern is for the young boys who watch these games and then mimic the players. They are the ones who get hurt the most when they see their football idol spear someone with their helmet and then they go out and try it themselves.

    October 20, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. cbozey

    I see alot of comments about how this is how the sport should be, and that people want to see those hits. I agree to an extent, but in this situation it is the type of hit. You can still get the rough, and crazy hits from regular shoulder tackles. The point in this article is diving head first into another player like the juggernaut, seems to be a little excessive. Of course we love the hard hits, but we also watch the game because there are players that play it. If everyone was running around smashing brains, then noone would play. The running back will forever be able to drill through head first, but a clean tackle doesnt mean drilling your helmet into someones ribcage. I think helmet hits are fine if they are clean hits....if someone is excessively and deliberately doing them then this kind of action should happen.

    October 20, 2010 at 9:09 am | Report abuse |
  11. Derrrrp

    @JiminNM

    "People don't seem to care about the use of performance enhancing drugs, blood doping etc. if their team will win, and cheer injuries inflicted." – I agree. In fact, I'm all for more drugs. If they DON"T dope, it's their own choice.

    "The spectators are the problem." – I must disagree. The spectators are the lead market indicators. The liberals who must instill their rules upon others are the problem.

    October 20, 2010 at 9:17 am | Report abuse |
  12. Ed W.

    Play/Watch Rugby Union. No padding or very limited soft padding and continuous play (as apposed to the stop, commercial, wait, set, go, stop, commercial, repeat of US Football)

    October 20, 2010 at 9:23 am | Report abuse |
  13. concerned

    I agree with this. Those Wide Receivers are completely vulnerable and wide open to some terrific injury when they're going for the ball. Those clothes lining hits of the 70's are over. GET OVER IT OLD TIMERS!!! You don't need to try and kill the guy or paralyze him for life just to defent against the play......PLAY!!!!!! IT IS JUST A GAME!!!!!!!! Cus d'Amato taught Mike Tyson that he didn't have to HATE the guy to win the fight nor did he have to try and kill him either. THOSE were the GOOD ol days. If Mike knocked a guy down he would go over and pick him up, set him on his stool, kiss him on the forehead and tell him that he loved him. Cus first taught Mike the value of HUMAN LIFE.

    October 20, 2010 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  14. dmz2000

    There should be (1) set amount for a flagrant hits, but then you have the incidental hits, like the offense player lowering his head, that warrants less punishment. But if a defense player injury's a player with a flagrant hit he should be automatic ejected, fined, and suspended at least (1) game.

    October 20, 2010 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. Chris

    American's need to idolize another sport thats healther physical wise and weight wise for its citizens

    October 20, 2010 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
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