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Lions’ Stephen Peterman wins appeal of chop-block fine

Lions guard Stephen Peterman was called for two chop blocks in the team’s loss to the Jets, and a few days later he received a letter informing him that the NFL would fine him $10,000. But now he doesn’t have to pay up.

Tom Kowalski of MLive.com reports, as we mentioned in today’s one-liners, that after reviewing the film, the league told Peterman he did not commit a chop block on either play and will not be fined.

In other words, the chop block penalties were real, but the officials’ reasoning for calling them was not correct. Peterman’s fine was real, but it is not real in the sense that it will not really be taken out of Peterman’s real paycheck.

The two penalties didn’t much hurt the Lions; one was declined and the other came on a drive when the Lions ended up scoring a touchdown anyway. Still, it’s hard to understand why Peterman was flagged, and why he was initially fined, even though the explanation the referee gave for flagging Peterman never made sense in the first place.

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14 Responses to “Lions’ Stephen Peterman wins appeal of chop-block fine”
  1. jaggedmark says: Dec 18, 2010 2:42 PM

    No surprise. The Lions have gotten horrible calls all year.

    Suh tackled Marion Barber by the hair (penalty, and shouldn’t have been).

    Suh shoves Cutler (penalty, and shouldn’t have been).

  2. footballrulz says: Dec 18, 2010 3:21 PM

    Elaine, what could have possessed you to hire that man?

  3. patpatriotagain says: Dec 18, 2010 3:33 PM

    sorry jagged mark your info is incorrect. the NFL changed the hair rule a few years ago. it can cause neck injury like a horse-collar tackle.

  4. hobartbaker says: Dec 18, 2010 4:21 PM

    After due consideration, the league came to the conclusion that the chance of anyone named Stephan committing an illegal act was so insignificant as to be impossible.

  5. ocdn says: Dec 18, 2010 4:43 PM

    Can we fine the officials for their terrible calls all year?

  6. dannymac17 says: Dec 18, 2010 6:08 PM

    ocdn says:
    Dec 18, 2010 4:43 PM
    Can we fine the officials for their terrible calls all year?

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    This.

  7. detroitkillas says: Dec 18, 2010 6:09 PM

    these were 2 BS calls,(on peterman) lions always have always gotten screwed(bad teams = bad calls against them.. the blind mice refs SHOULD BE FINED for not doing there job right! i bet the lions start getting calls than….

  8. dryble says: Dec 18, 2010 7:15 PM

    The refs screwing the lions? Shocking. Took them long enough to admit they screwed up.

  9. jimmylions says: Dec 18, 2010 8:16 PM

    patpatriotagain says: Dec 18, 2010 3:33 PM

    sorry jagged mark your info is incorrect. the NFL changed the hair rule a few years ago. it can cause neck injury like a horse-collar tackle.
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    patpatriotagain … that’s the first I’ve heard of this. The “Ricky Rule” is that long hair extending over the shoulder pads is part of the uniform. It’s legal (but frowned upon) to tackle a player by the hair.

    Hair pulling after the play is dead is illegal, as is dunking a player’s dread locks in an ink well.

  10. nsevh76 says: Dec 18, 2010 9:52 PM

    jimmylions says:
    Dec 18, 2010 8:16 PM
    patpatriotagain says: Dec 18, 2010 3:33 PM

    sorry jagged mark your info is incorrect. the NFL changed the hair rule a few years ago. it can cause neck injury like a horse-collar tackle.
    —————–

    patpatriotagain … that’s the first I’ve heard of this. The “Ricky Rule” is that long hair extending over the shoulder pads is part of the uniform. It’s legal (but frowned upon) to tackle a player by the hair.

    Hair pulling after the play is dead is illegal, as is dunking a player’s dread locks in an ink well.

    I disagree sir. The hair is part of the uniform. To tackle by the hair is an automatic horse collar tackle. (Which by the way, depends on who you are in this years version of the NFL.)

  11. goldsteel says: Dec 18, 2010 10:39 PM

    You see miracles do happen as long as you don’t play for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

    Fire Goodell.

  12. klunge says: Dec 18, 2010 11:10 PM

    patpatriotagain says: Dec 18, 2010 3:33 PM

    sorry jagged mark your info is incorrect. the NFL changed the hair rule a few years ago. it can cause neck injury like a horse-collar tackle.
    ————————————————

    Really? Well then current game analyst and former NFL VP of Officiating Mike Periera apparently needs you to school him on the rules, since he says the hair pull is legal and the horse collar call was bogus. I guess he’s just out of touch or something.

  13. mayfieldroadboy says: Dec 19, 2010 12:53 AM

    @patpatriotagain
    Then we’re all confused. There was just a discussion on a sports TV round table program wherein an official said that if the hair extends below or out of the helmet, it is fair game for tackling; it is a part of the uniform that can be grabbed. Actually, which is it? Yes, it could cause neck injury; yes, if the player fears the injury, tuck the locks up inside the helmet. And yes, any tackle could cause injury. My opinion is that all the clones of Jimmy “the Fly” should should take their lumps and bumps and hair shagging like he did. I recall Rapunzel and her long tresses…wasn’t that a fairy tale?

  14. Dr. Kronner says: Dec 19, 2010 9:40 AM

    Yeah, patpatriotagain is wrong.

    Aside from the 2 terrible calls on Peterman, and ‘the shove’ and ‘hair pull’ calls on Suh, there have also been a gluttony of other terrible calls against Detroit this year…

    Most notably the THE PROCESS taking a win against Chicago out of Calvin’s hands…

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