Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson dodged a supension for the head shot applied Niners tight end Vernon Davis during last Sunday’s season opener, but he didn’t avoid getting fined.
The league office said today that Wilson’s hit on Davis will cost him $10,000. The specific infraction was for going in high on a “defenseless receiver.”
Davis had jumped for a pass, he appeared to secure it, and he was on his way down when he was met by Wilson.
Wilson wound up going helmet-to-helmet with Davis, but Wilson didn’t intentionally lead with the helmet. Instead, he was leading with his forearm toward Davis’ chest and the helmet clash was incidental.
Wilson has been fined three times since 2007 and was warned by the league last year that he was in line for fatter fines and suspensions if he went too far outside the lines again.