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Shipley out but Ward in (justice pronounced dead)

Posted on: October 8, 2010 3:04 pm
Edited on: October 8, 2010 3:34 pm
 

Posted by Andy Benoit

Bengals wide receiver Jordan Shipley has been ruled out for Sunday’s game due to a concussion. The concussion was the result of an egregious cheap shot from Browns rookie safety T.J. Ward. If you haven’t seen the hit, take a look at it here:

Wednesday, the Associated Press reported that Ward was fined $15,000 for the hit. That is an outlandishly soft punishment that should leave the executives at 280 Park Avenue feeling embarrassed. Jets safety Eric Smith was fined $50,000 and suspended one game for his hit on Anquan Boldin in 2008.

Fortunately, Shipley was not injured as badly as Boldin was. But that doesn’t make Ward’s hit any better than Smith’s. Why is it that Shipley has to sit out Sunday but the man who delivered the dirty hit that caused the injury gets to play? Ward should have been suspended.

"I just tried to make a play and unfortunately he got hurt," Ward said, according to ESPN. "It's part of the violent game we play. If you play that position, it kind of comes with the territory."

It’s too early to declare Ward a dirty player. But this was certainly a dirty play. Eric Mangini defended Ward’s hit, calling it “an aggressive play.” This prompted Shipley’s teammate, Terrell Owens, to tell Chad Ochocinco on The T.Ocho Show (seriously), “Look who it's coming from. Probably 90 percent of his players don't like him [Mangini] anyway. I don't like him. We got to see him again anyway, so we'll see who's going to do some cheap shots next game. Hit me like that."

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Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2010 4:35 pm
 

Shipley out but Ward in (justice pronounced dead)

He led with his shoulder.....



Since: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: October 9, 2010 3:53 pm
 

Shipley out but Ward in (justice pronounced dead)

This article is off the mark.  It is unfortunate that Shipley got hurt but this was not a cheap shot.  There is no way that this could be classified as "helmet to helmet" and there isn't even a good arguement for a shot to the head.  The play happened fast and Ward cracked the guy with his shoulder.  This is the kind of play you want to see out of your safety. 



Since: Dec 29, 2008
Posted on: October 9, 2010 3:47 pm
 

Shipley out but Ward in (justice pronounced dead)

Yes it was helmet to helmet, but hardly malicious.  He lead with his shoulder, it was just the position of Shipley that made it a helmet to helmet.  It's imposible to lead with a shoulder without your head being out in front (try it sometime).  Watch how TJ raises his right arm throughout the hit...that tells me he was trying to use his shoulder.  Yes it was a helmet to helmet, yes it was a penalty, and maybe even debatable that he should get a fine, but it was not a malicious cheap shot.  If TJ realy wanted to hit Shipley maliciously he would have done much more damage.



Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: October 9, 2010 1:50 pm
 

Shipley out but Ward in (justice pronounced dead)

It's funny how short everyone's memory was.  There was a similar hit to Benjamin Watson by a Bengals Safety (don't remember which one) in the first quarter.  It was the same type of The biggest differnce is that Watson is 80 lbs heavier then Shipley.  Shipley was injured, but Watson could have been injured.  It was the same kind of hit, they were not helmet to helmet and while both were illegal, neither were malicious, but only one was fined. 



Since: Oct 9, 2010
Posted on: October 9, 2010 1:15 pm
 

Shipley out but Ward in (justice pronounced dead)

"egregious cheap shot" .."Ward should have been suspended"...What a joke.  It's football, not futbol. 



Since: Sep 9, 2009
Posted on: October 9, 2010 12:53 pm
 

Shipley out but Ward in (justice pronounced dead)

I agree with a previous comment - don't cry when one of your players gets laid out, Browns fans. That was a cheap shot.

Only fining him $15k is a joke. If Jordan Shipley was a more seasoned WR, they would have probably fined T.J. Ward more $$. I don't understand the double standard; $50k fine & 1 game suspension for Eric Smith - $15k fine & NO SUSPENSION for T.J. Ward?? Anybody in the NFL want to explain why the $35k & 1 game difference?

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Since: Dec 15, 2006
Posted on: October 9, 2010 12:05 pm
 

Shipley out but Ward in (justice pronounced dead)

You can bet there will be a bounty on Ward during the next match up. Hopefully, in the words of another blogger: "Hines Ward" style.


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