Posted by Andy Benoit
There were no major injuries from illegal hits last week, but that doesn’t make said hits any less illegal. Thus, James Harrison was not the only player who drew a fine after Week 8. Sorting through the various tweets that have been rolling out this Friday afternoon, here are other players who received a letter from the NFL, requesting (demanding) a charitable donation:
Jason Babin, DE, Titans $20,000 (hit on Philip Rivers; repeat offender)
Manny Lawson, LB, 49ers $12,500 (hit on Kyle Orton; repeat offender)
Ahmad Brooks, LB, 49ers $10,000 (hit on Kyle Orton; repeat offender)
Chris Clemons, DE, Seahawks $7,500 (unnecessary late hit on Jason Campbell; repeat offender)
Gary Guyton, LB, Patriots $7,500 (hit on Favre)
Myron Pryor, DL, Patriots $7,500 (hit on Favre – the chin shot)
Some of these hits were flagged, some weren’t. Obviously, the NFL didn’t feel any were as egregious as the one Ernie Sims ($50,000 fine) laid on Lavelle Hawkins in Week 7. But the point is becoming clearer and clearer: the NFL is serious about cleaning up the illegal hits.
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