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

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.

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Ryan Wilson has been an NFL writer for CBS Sports since June 2011, and he's covered five Super Bowls in that time. Ryan previously worked at AOL's FanHouse from start to finish, and Football Outsiders... Full Bio

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