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Broncos S Rahim Moore should expect fine for hit

Posted on: August 21, 2011 11:41 am
Edited on: August 21, 2011 11:23 pm
 
Posted by Ryan Wilson

One of the subplots heading into the Bills-Broncos Week 2 preseason game was the battle for Denver's backup quarterback gig. By the time it was over, Brady Quinn appeared like the clear-cut No. 2 behind Kyle Orton. But a bigger story emerged from Saturday night: the rash of serious injuries, one of which will almost certainly earn Denver rookie safety Rahim Moore a hefty fine for his hit on Buffalo wide receiver Donald Jones.

Broncos coach John Fox said after the game that "[Moore's] a rookie, so I'm not going to fault him," before adding: "I think it was helmet-to-helmet, I'll have to go back and view it, but either way, they viewed it as a penalty."

Moore sounded contrite but also realistic given his line of work. "I want the guy to at least make it out of bed the next morning," he said, according to the Denver Post's Mark Kiszla. "I mean no harm. But you know what? It's football. … If you don't be physical, somebody else will."

Moore continued: "I'm a jokester, I laugh a lot. But once I strap up, I turn into a different person. ..I don't want to hurt anybody to where it jeopardizes his season or his career. If it was the wrong thing to do, I apologize." Kiszla writes that, once Moore returned to the sidelines, he was advised to play smart but coaches also told him to "keep it up."


The hit led to shoving by players from both teams. When asked at halftime about tempers flaring, Bills head coach Chan Gailey, with pursed lips and a steely gaze, only said "Be smart -- but don't back down from anybody," before heading to the locker room.

Jones' teammates weren't happy about Moore's hit, either. "For someone to come after ... our guy, that didn't sit well with us," QB Ryan Fitzpatrick said, adding that he saw Jones at halftime and the wideout appeared OK. "We're not going to be pushed around by anybody."

The Bills' receiver wasn't the only player who had to leave the game with what appeared to be a head or neck injury. Running back Johnny White was carted off the field on a stretcher after being slammed to the ground by Broncos linebacker Mario Haggan.

"I know the injuries were a concern to everyone, and the good news right now is there were no serious injuries out of the night," Gailey after the game, according to the Buffalo News. "Guys will miss awhile but they're going to eventually be fine." White was healthy enough to fly back to Buffalo with the team.

Haggan later left the game with a shoulder injury, and Denver running back David Bruton also ended up in the hospital with a head injury after attempting to make a tackle during the fourth quarter.

Josina Anderson of Denver's Fox31 tweeted early Sunday morning that sources said Bruton initially couldn't answer standard memory questions like how he got to the game, details of the game, or repeating numbers backwards.

The NFL has implemented recent rules changes specifically designed to reduce injuries. There's always a lag between when rules are made and how long it takes players to adjust to them, but ultimately, it should make the game safer. Unless, of course, the owners truly are interested in pursuing the 18-game-schedule idea that didn't come close to making into the latest collective bargaining agreement.

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Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 1:29 am
 

Broncos S Rahim Moore should expect fine for hit

what were you watching? he never left the ground, the helmets never touched and his shoulder hit the reciever in the chest.  and DB's trailing the play arent tought to go for the ball in that situation, theyre taught to seperate the ball from the reciever....so learn something and at least dont make stuff up.



Since: Aug 23, 2006
Posted on: August 22, 2011 1:20 am
 

Broncos S Rahim Moore should expect fine for hit

it WASNT an illegal hit.  not by last years standards or this.  he hit him in the chest with his shoulder, last time i checked that was legal.



Since: Aug 21, 2011
Posted on: August 21, 2011 7:11 pm
 

Broncos S Rahim Moore should expect fine for hit

You need to watch the play again.  He never launched himself, and he did not make helmet to helmet contact, the helmet snapped into his after his shoulder collided with his chest.  Moore didn't do anything wrong, the only reason this was a penalty is cuz of the brand new league rules. 



Since: Aug 21, 2011
Posted on: August 21, 2011 7:05 pm
 

Broncos S Rahim Moore should expect fine for hit

coach John Fox that "[Moore's] a rookie, so I'm not going to fault him," before adding: "I think it was helmet-to-helmet, I'll have to go back and view it, but either way, they viewed it as a penalty."

Woah, why is CBS misquoting Fox?  Every other site that has this quote says that Fox DIDN'T think it was a helmet to helmet hit.  Either way it was a good clean, hard hit.  It's unfortunate the receiver was hurt and I'm not going to argue the flag cuz those are the new rules, but it was not a dirty play.



Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: August 21, 2011 6:49 pm
 

Broncos S Rahim Moore should expect fine for hit

Only a Bills fan would cry foul. They sucked so bad so they had to find a reason to act like little babbies. I am a Broncos fan and live close to Buffalo and let me tell you they have been trying to make excuses for this team the past 12years I have lived here. The hit was not as bad as they are saying they are just upset cause they cant hit like that. Broncos looked pretty good and Bills looked like crap. It was more out of frustration of there shitty play on how they reacted to the hit.



Since: Aug 21, 2011
Posted on: August 21, 2011 6:36 pm
 

Broncos S Rahim Moore should expect fine for hit

You Jokes who are saying this is an illegal hit are bunch of idiots. I guess a lot of the fans have gone soft too. this wasnt even helmet to helmet. no fine should be given to the rookie. Great Hit. Way to show yourself Rahim. I want to see more of this D were playing now. Lets Go Denver.



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