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Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

Posted on: November 8, 2011 4:14 pm
Edited on: November 8, 2011 4:20 pm
Several players could be lighter in the wallet following the Sunday night game. (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

NBC color analyst Cris Collinsworth must've mentioned it a dozen times Sunday night: the Ravens-Steelers rivalry transcends the NFL's recent emphasis on player safety. It was old-school football, where people actually hit each other. And if that resulted in the league handing down fines then so be it.

Well, it sounds like that's exactly what will happen. Ray Lewis, Ryan Clark and James Harrison can all expect to be out some money after hits the NFL will almost certainly deem illegal, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Monday.

Lewis, the Ravens' ageless linebacker, had arguably the most egregious hit, a head shot to Pittsburgh wide receiver Hines Ward that sent him to the bench with "concussion-like symptoms." Lewis wasn't flagged on the play.

Clark's open-field collision with tight end Ed Dickson was penalized at the time (unnecessary roughness -- hit on a defenseless receiver), and this could be his second fine for a personal-foul penalty in as many weeks. Against New England in Week 8, Clark incurred what turned out to be a $15,000 penalty for a late hit on Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.

(Three years ago, Clark did this to Wes Welker. He was flagged on the play, but the NFL later admitted that it was a legal hit and he wasn't fined. Now look at us, fining guys for low blocks.)

The NFL also has an issue with Harrison's third-quarter helmet-to-helmet hit on running back Ray Rice, though replays show Harrison falling on Rice at the end of a play. At the time, it seemed innocuous -- and legal -- but the league's history of arbitrary punishments suggests that everything's fineable.

Ravens coach John Harbaugh, who received a Gatorade bath for the Week 9 win and later cut his chin celebrating with general manager Ozzie Newsome, didn't "want to get into that conversation right now" when asked about the hits leveled by Clark and Lewis.

"I mean, it's tough. There's no doubt about it, it's tough. It's fast and it's physical and all that, but the rules are in place for a reason, and that's the way it works," he said, according to the Baltimore Sun.

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Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:28 am

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

Yeah, I remember when we used to walk to school ten miles up hill in ten feet of snow. Go back to your rocking chair old man. You wish you could punch people in the face? Yeah right. You're gay and STUPID!

Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 11:22 am

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

The refs and the league for that matter ought to be fined. All these ridiculous calls. Defensive players can't even play the game of football anymore and it is ruining the game. I'm sick of trying to watch a football game and instead hearing the refs blah blah blah and seeing yellow all day. That call against the Ravens (don't remember the player) for a hit on the quarterback when in fact he had very obviously been pushed into Roethlisberger by the o-lineman was a perfect example of the ineptitude of the NFL referees. They SUCK and ought to be fined themselves. 

Since: Jun 26, 2009
Posted on: November 9, 2011 10:26 am

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

Or even better, allow officials to eject players from the game in progress

They cant do that, the refs cant even get half of the calls right in the first place, in any game. I have seen too many "almost hits of the head" get called, if you allow them to eject somebody for that, just not right. They didnt even throw the flag on Ray for the hit on Ward. Cant trust an official with that much responibility, the game is too fast. Maybe if they were allowed to review those hits, maybe.

Since: Sep 27, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:51 am

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

I can't tell you how stupid some of you guys sound and that includes you too Ryan.  Stop with the "macho crap."  In NFL football there are rules.  You have to play by the rules.  You can't make certain hits.  You can't crack a guy in the head with your shoulder, while launching yourself from your feet to do so.  These rules are there to protect people from long term and life threatening injuries.  Too bad if you don't like that rule.  I don't like that I can't pop you in the face, but that's the rule and I can't do it.  The players know what the NFL rules are and the NFL have gone over and over these rules time and time again.  It's not macho to cheat or break the rules in a sport.  The NFL has NEVER complained about hard hits or any hit within the rules of the game.  Playing by the rules does not make the game less macho and doesn't take anything away from the game.  All you tough guys need to put your Johnson back in your drawers.  We all played football with no pads, fought with no gloves and jumped off roofs of houses that were a bit too high.  But I bet when you played football with no pads you didn't cheat.  The rules are the rules guys.  They will be the same rules next week and when the players break the rules, they will (and should) be fined.

My issue is more with the NFL.  The fines don't seem to be working.  Suspensions for second-time violators are needed.  Or even better, allow officials to eject players from the game in progress.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: November 9, 2011 9:42 am

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

In reply to budlightbud...

Yep, even Chris Collinsworth, a receiver and Rookie of the Year, and Super Bowl attendee stated "He got away with that one."  In fact, I think he said it twice.  Anyway, it was a great game, and Baltimore outplayed the Steelers in the end, so they deserve the win. 

We'll see who goes further in the playoffs.....

Since: Oct 19, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:16 am

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

it basically already is....ever since 2006

Since: Oct 19, 2008
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:14 am

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

they might as well not play the game if you cant hit the other guy. fuck this! go back to being a man sport and not flag football. the players no the risks and except them, just like i know the risks when i choose to join the the fucking game the way it was ment to be played.

Since: Oct 24, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:06 am

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

While being grabbed by William Gay none the less.

Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: November 9, 2011 8:02 am

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

The worst call of the game by the refs was the holding call on Ray Rice's 76 yd TD run. That call was a joke. I don't remember which Baltimore player got called for holding, but he didn't even need to touch William Gay.
The call was on Torrey Smith, who would make the game winning catch while being grabbed running down the sideline. Oh, what poetic justice.

Since: Dec 15, 2010
Posted on: November 9, 2011 7:33 am

Lewis, Harrison, Clark could face fines

Awwwww, and I thought they were playing touch football

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