Rashad Johnson giveth, and he received.
At least, that’s what happened to the Cardinals safety in first the Minnesota game and then last weekend against Green Bay. Against the Vikings, Johnson was blocking on a punt when he was flagged for an illegal blindside block on Vikings tight end John Carlson. Johnson was later fined $21,000. Then against the Packers, Johnson was trying to cover a punt when the script was flipped and Johnson was blown up by Packers tight end Ryan Taylor (pictured below).
This time, there was no penalty called, leaving the Cardinals incredulous.
“I was a little surprised because I feel like I got hit a lot harder than the hit I placed on someone. but you know, different refs, different opinions,” Johnson said. “I know the league will go back and look at everything and whatever is appropriate to happen will happen.”
Johnson said those words Wednesday. Friday, the league agreed that the Taylor play was not legal, hitting Taylor with the same $21,000 fine.
Johnson was down for a couple of minutes after the huge hit, but Johnson was OK, coming back in the game on the very next special teams play.
“I was stunned a little bit,” Johnson said. “They just wanted to make sure I was OK and I didn’t want to embarrass myself by getting up and falling back down.”
(UPDATE: Taylor appealed the fine.)
— Taylor wasn’t the only player fined from the Cards-Packers game. Cardinals linebacker Quentin Groves was fined $15,750 for a horsecollar tackle late in the game.
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