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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