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NFL fines Steelers WR Brown $7.5K for low block

Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:30 pm
 
Second-year WR Antonio Brown is now $7,500 lighter in the wallet. (US PRESSWIRE)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

This is, well, interesting. The NFL has fined Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown $7,500 for a low block. Not a horse-collar tackle, or an illegal chop block or unsportsmanlike conduct, but going low to block an opponent.

The act in question happened just before halftime of Sunday night's Steelers-Colts game. Indianapolis safety Joe Lefeged intercepted Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger near midfield, and during the return, Brown went low to take out a Colts defender, which is illegal (low blocks are prohibited during a change of possession). We just didn't know that the league was now fining people for it.

You can see it below, near the end of Lefeged's runback.


Brown told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he was trying to protect himself. "I just took him out before he got me," he said.

Whatever he was doing, he's now out $7,500. The Steelers' 2010 sixth-round pick is making $405,000 this year, so the league has his attention. "That's a lot of money," Brown said. "I can't be giving that away."

In related news, the NFL still appears to be arbitrarily meting out punishments, which only makes it more difficult for players to know what they should be doing.

By the way, if we're Brown, we're making fellow second-year wideout Emmanuel Sanders pay half the fine. If Sanders had touched Lefeged down while he was on the turf just after the interception (instead of going out of his way to avoid Lefeged), there wouldn't have been a runback.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 1, 2012 3:22 am
 

NFL fines Steelers WR Brown $7.5K for low block

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Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 5:54 am
 

NFL fines Steelers WR Brown $7.5K for low block



tomlye
Since: Nov 28, 2011
Posted on: November 28, 2011 1:56 pm
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Tomly
Since: Oct 21, 2011
Posted on: October 23, 2011 10:24 am
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Since: May 7, 2008
Posted on: September 29, 2011 8:17 am
 

NFL fines Steelers WR Brown $7.5K for low block

HPD3622, you are completely delusional.  Seriously, get over your hatred of everything Steelers.  You're no better than any of the fans on here complaining about the call, get off your high horse.



Since: Oct 23, 2006
Posted on: September 29, 2011 6:54 am
 

NFL fines Steelers WR Brown $7.5K for low block

Irony defined

a few weeks ago, the Steelers were complaining about being blocked low by the Ravens.  The NFL has been setting the tone on illegal hits and blocks- this is not a new thing- for a few years now.

Hasselbeck did it when the fines were not so much a part of the game as they have been for the last three years.  Was it still an illegal block that was called on the field?  YES.  It was an illegal block/hit.  There is no denying that.  He went for a guy's knees, and had it been done to one of the Steelers, their fans would be calling for the same thing.  Because one of their players got called for it and fined, it's "the league is picking on us". 

Hypocrisy at its best, gotta love it.



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: September 29, 2011 6:08 am
 

NFL fines Steelers WR Brown $7.5K for low block

Tell me you Steelers fans are kidding by complaining about this... Do NONE of you remember when Matt Hasselbeck got called for this very SAME CALL on one of your interception returns during the Seahawks-Steelers Superbowl?
No one is complaining about the flag. The issue is for the arbitray fine  --- How much did Matt Hasselback get fined?  Answer $0.



Since: Sep 29, 2011
Posted on: September 29, 2011 2:07 am
 

NFL fines Steelers WR Brown $7.5K for low block

No, are you kidding? Did the Seahawks QB get find? No he didn't and that's the problem with this.



Since: Dec 2, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 11:50 pm
 

NFL fines Steelers WR Brown $7.5K for low block

Tell me you Steelers fans are kidding by complaining about this... Do NONE of you remember when Matt Hasselbeck got called for this very SAME CALL on one of your interception returns during the Seahawks-Steelers Superbowl?  He threw himself into the legs of a couple Steelers including the guy with the ball, to make the tackle, and got called for an "illegal block" for his tackle...  (You could hear the screams of "WHAT THE HELL?" all over Seattle that day... "BLOCK?")

They just need to change the name of the rule, and clarify it to the players... Basically, when the ball changes possession you can't hit anyone below the waist.  Doens't matter which side you're on, it's still called an illegal block.

Good rule in principle (protects the knees/legs of the opposing players, during the confusion of a turnover)... But a majorly DUMB RULE when it's enacted on the field, and put into words over the loudspeakers...


BetterThan_U
Since: Mar 10, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2011 9:16 pm
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