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. TexasJim

    These players are the finest of the finest, and went through elite high school and college coaching programs. Talk to them. They know exactly what's going on. Each one of these guys was schooled in the art of tackling, and it is an art. They know exaclty what is acceptable and what is not. This situation is completely similar to the NBAs flagrant 1 and 2 foul classifications. Everybody on the court knows when it’s excessive. To simply sit in our armchairs and say "Man up. It's a violent sport" is completely reprehensible and damages the game. Do you want to see death? Broken necks? I’d like for those who hold this point to be on the receiving end of a 265 pound 4 second projectile with a battering ram for a helmet then get their take on it. If they still have a brain to process it with. Should we eliminate all fouls? Allow all violence?
    These guys know exactly what is acceptable and what is not. Suspensions for all violations. A fine does nothing to guys who make this kind of money. A one game suspension hits them where they live. Hurts their stats, and puts them in dutch with their teams who need them to win and make the playoffs.
    If you want to watch unchecked violence, join a fight club.

    October 20, 2010 at 10:56 am | Report abuse |
  2. Big Game Hunted

    All you 'Al Bundy' types that 'played' the game never had to come home and tell your 4 year old why daddy was on the ground so long. I did last night. I make millions? Yes. But I also enjoy playing the 'sport of kings' This weekend was the first time in my life I kind of wished I was somewhere else. Thank you for the support and well wishes. My inner circle will recognize my user name!

    October 20, 2010 at 11:04 am | Report abuse |
  3. John C

    The NFL message here is they they simply do not care. These fines are meaningless to the players. Suspensions are the only way to address these cheap shots and dirty hits. When someone does get hurt badly, the NFL should be held accountable for thier willingness to ignore this problem. They are now accountable for not taking action.

    October 20, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  4. dpser

    I suppose we should just go ahead and bring back clotheslines and chopblocks too. all you sadistic tools who think that there's nothing wrong here need to wake up. crowning and spearing is something that needs to be handled, there will be plenty of good hits to go around without that crap.

    October 20, 2010 at 11:32 am | Report abuse |
  5. Cindy

    Pay James Harrison's Bogus Fines: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pay-James-Harrisons-Bogus-Fine/134796989903782?ref=ts

    October 20, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
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