Titans' Griffin fined $21K for hit on Jets' Hill
Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin was fined $21,000 for a hit on New York Jets receiver Stephen Hill that gave Hill a concussion.
It has been a busy few days for the disciplinarians at the NFL league office.
Tennessee Titans safety Michael Griffin was fined $21,000 by the NFL for a hit on New York Jets receiver Stephen Hill that gave Hill a concussion. From the same game, Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was fined $15,750 for a hit that shook up Titans quarterback Jake Locker, and Quinton Coples was docked $7,875 for a late hit on Locker on the next play. All three players are appealing their fines.
Griffin said Wednesday he will appeal the fine, but rated his chances of winning as "zero to slim."
"On a pass play you unnecessarily struck a defenseless player in the head and neck area," Griffin read from the letter he received from the league. "But I'm trying to figure out if it's an interception, how's he a defenseless player?
"I didn't even hit him in the head or neck. You watch it or you slow-mo it, I hit him in his left shoulder."
Elsewhere, Buffalo Bills safety Jim Leonhard was fined $15,750 for unnecessary roughness after striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area, and Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore was fined $15,750 for a hit to the head of New England Patriots receiver Kenbrell Thompkins, according to a league source.
Moore was penalized 15 yards on the play, which helped the Patriots gain 41 yards on third-and-19. LeGarrette Blount scored on a 47-yard run on the next play for New England, which won 30-23.
Moore was fined for unnecessarily striking a defenseless receiver in the head with his forearm, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.
After the game, Moore voiced his displeasure with the call.
"I totally don't agree with it," Moore said. "Just playing [the] ball. It's going to be a huge fine, them saying he was defenseless. I was just playing football, man.
"I actually tried my best to not hit a defenseless player and make it as legal as I could."
It was at least the second fine for Moore this season. He was fined $21,000 after a Week 1 loss against the New Orleans Saints for violating the new rule of initiating contact with the crown of the helmet. It appeared that the fine was related to a hit on Saints running back Darren Sproles, but Moore was not penalized on the play.
Moore is a hard-hitting safety who leads the Falcons wit 39 tackles, and fellow safety Thomas DeCoud said he's not worried about Moore adjusting his rugged style.
"Because of the competitor he is and the kind of football player he is, you can't just turn off the way you naturally play the game," DeCoud said. "You can be more mindful of it, but it's not going to happen overnight."
In other fines, Cardinals safety Yeremiah Bell was fined $15,750 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Tampa Bay TE Tim Wright, and DT Darnell Dockett was docked the same amount for a horse-collar tackle on running back Doug Martin.
Lions linebacker Rocky McIntosh was fined $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle against the Bears.
Information from Falcons reporter Vaughn McClure, Titans reporter Paul Kuharsky, Lions reporter Michael Rothstein and The Associated Press was used in this report.
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