Play Fantasy The Most Award Winning Fantasy game with real time scoring, top expert analysis, custom settings, and more. Play Now
  • My Scores
  • MLB
  • Golf
  • NFL
  • NCAA FB
  • Tennis

Report: Vikings S Harrison Smith fined $21,000 for hit on defenseless receiver

By Ryan Wilson | CBSSports.com
Smith left his feet and hit a defensive player in the head. (US Presswire)

During the first week of preseason games, Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie left his feet and landed a blow to the head of Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich. The NFL promptly fined him $21,000. Three weeks later, PFT.com's Mike Florio reports that Vikings rookie safety Harrison Smith got a similar invoice from the league office after he was flagged for unnecessary roughness against the Chargers.

On the play in question -- a pass over the middle intended for San Diego wideout Mike Willie -- Smith left his feet, led with his shoulder and hit Willie in the head.

According to Florio, "The NFL specifically noted that Harrison's hit was with his shoulder — not his helmet — but that doesn't matter. It's against the rules to use any part of your body to hit an opponent in the head or neck area when he's considered a defenseless player."

As a result, Smith's paycheck will be light $21,000.

For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @EyeOnNFL on Twitter and like us on Facebook. You can follow Ryan Wilson on Twitter here: @ryanwilson_07.

 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
NEVER MISS A MOCK DRAFT
Sign up to our newsletter and find out who your team could be picking
 

nfl Video

August 31, 2014
Ray McDonald arrested on domestic violence charges (1:44)
1 August 29, 2014
Aldon Smith suspended
(1:43)
2 August 29, 2014
Jay Novacek talks Dallas Cowboys
(5:10)
3 August 29, 2014
Ryan Clark talks Redskins football
(9:10)

Latest

Most Popular

CBSSports.com Shop