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A sellout and Giants’ fine fallout UPDATE

Posted by Darren Urban on October 30, 2009 – 1:24 pm

The Cardinals’ game Sunday is officially sold out, meaning it will air on local TV (Fox) and not be blacked out. There are still a handful of various tickets available, though, so don’t hesitate to look into it if you want to attend.

But some final news from the Giants’ game. Many were wondering if there would be any fines levied from the game. Yes there were. Safety Antrel Rolle was fined $7,500 for his hit on TE Kevin Boss (which was not flagged) for unnecessarily striking a defenseless receiver. Giants defensive back Michael Johnson was fined $5,000 for striking Cards QB Kurt Warner in the head area (which also didn’t get flagged and left Warner very angry at the time). Two fines were handed out for penalties that were called: $5,000 each to Cardinals tackle Levi Brown for his chop block and to Giants running back Ahmad Bradshaw for his punch to the head area of defensive end Darnell Dockett.

UPDATE: For those wanting clarification on the Rolle fine, this from the NFL: “His actions violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 8(k) of the NFL Official Playing Rules, which states that it is unnecessary roughness ‘if the initial force of the contact by a defender’s helmet, forearm or shoulder is to the head or neck area of a defenseless receiver who is catching or attempting to catch a pass.’ ”  

The rule was new player safety rule just approved by teams at the NFL meetings last March. It’s not just helmet-to-helmet that’s illegal. It includes any shoulder- or forearm-to-head hits on defenseless receivers as well.


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14 Responses to “A sellout and Giants’ fine fallout UPDATE”

  1. By Brad on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    What BS….. This is football right? Let the players play… NFL National Flag football League…..

  2. By Robert on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    These fines are unbelievable. I know it didn’t do anything, but Ahmad Bradshaw threw a PUNCH at Darnell Dockett. Punches are supposed to get automatic ejections, so I didn’t understand that unless the refs just didn’t see the punch (even though they called a penalty…). It’s great that the game sold out, I had no doubt that it would.

  3. By az1965 on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    Good to see game sold out!

  4. By SmoothcardGA on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    Well on the Rolle hit… How else does he jar the ball loose? He didn’t lead with his he’s helmet, he connected with the shoulder pad, Boss’s helmet collided with Rolle’s incidentally… And how can a “defenseless” receiver catch a football? Its football, your suppose to have your head on a swivel anyways… At least that’s how I was taught… Offensive players should always jump for the ball that way there’s always a penalty on the defense…

  5. By Jimbo on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    Imagine how happy every sportsbar owner in the blackout area is today. As for the fines, at least they called in even steven on both teams.

  6. By Robert on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    Even with that rule, what else is Rolle supposed to do? He leads with his shoulder pads that hit in the neck area of a WR who caught the ball… Unless he consciously slows down and tries to hit him, there’s nothing he can do.

  7. By Justin on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    I was actually surprised he didn’t get flagged on the play. That hit was worse and looked a little more illegal according to the letter of the law than A-dub’s hit that he got fined for earlier this year.

  8. By Patrick on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    Hey Urb – can you provide us a web link to the NFL Official Playing Rules?

  9. By Dave on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    Over the course of a year I guess the NFL can look to pick up an extra couple million bucks on these fines…what exactly is it they do with that revenue Darren? Is that Goodell’s mad money?

  10. By darrenurban on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    Dave —

    Let me look into that. I want to say it either goes to charity or helps in some function like that.

  11. By darrenurban on Oct 30, 2009 | Reply

    Patrick —

    This is the best I could find. I doubt it covers what you speak of, however. You can buy a rule book for $10 on Amazon.com, it looks like.

  12. By Joe on Oct 31, 2009 | Reply

    I’m all for protecting the players, but they are men, they can be hit.

  13. By Ricola on Oct 31, 2009 | Reply

    Darren, I think you’re right. The fines go to charity.

  14. By darrenurban on Oct 31, 2009 | Reply

    Everyone —

    Here is a link to a story to where the money goes. It’s in a little sidebar to the main story on the left hand side.

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