The NFL has fined Philadelphia Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie $21,000 for an illegal hit on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich.
The hit took place in the teams’ first preseason game when Rodgers-Cromartie launched himself at Leftwich, connecting with a helmet-to-helmet hit.
Neither player was hurt.
The 26-year-old cornerback said he didn’t think he did anything wrong, but the NFL obviously disagreed. According to league rules, an opponent cannot initiate conduct with a defenseless player in the act of throwing a pass.
The $21,000 fine is the minimum for a hit on a defenseless player, but ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports some around the NFL disagree with the league’s decision.
Rodgers-Cromartie's fine isn't sitting well with everyone around league. One prominent coach thought this would merit suspension.