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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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Comments

Since: Oct 26, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 8:42 pm
 

NFL fines Steelers WR Brown $7.5K for low block

Wow!  This one is ridiculous.  The NFL is now fining players for low blocks?  I'm guessing Brown's block was not the only low one in the NFL this past week...although it may have been the only one were a penalty was actually assessed.



Since: Oct 17, 2006
Posted on: September 28, 2011 8:29 pm
 

NFL fines Steelers WR Brown $7.5K for low block

No, it's "funny" how the Steelers got fined and the Ravens did not.

Gethi getaclue.



Since: Jul 21, 2010
Posted on: September 28, 2011 5:38 pm
 

NFL fines Steelers WR Brown $7.5K for low block

funny how the first week the steelers complained about the ravens for cut blocking them.



Since: Sep 13, 2007
Posted on: September 28, 2011 5:21 pm
 

NFL fines Steelers WR Brown $7.5K for low block

In the meantime, The NFL allows offensive linemen to dive at defender's knees while they are engaged with another lineman in the legal "cut" block manauever. Talk about inconsistent.



Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: September 28, 2011 4:46 pm
 

NFL fines Steelers WR Brown $7.5K for low block

How many fines have Steeler players have so far?


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