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Polamalu fined $15,000 for horse collaring Ricky Williams

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The Steelers have complained about the Ravens playing dirty on Sunday, but it was a Steelers player who has been fined for a personal foul in the Ravens’ 35-7 win.

Safety Troy Polamalu was fined $15,000 for a horse-collar tackle on Ravens running back Ricky Williams.

Players often complain about it when their paychecks are docked, but Polamalu declined to do so.

“I’m not a big fan of people being really vocal about the fines,” he said.

However, Polamalu did want Williams to know there was no harm intended.

“It definitely wasn’t on purpose,” Polamalu said. “I’ve never intentionally tried to horse collar anybody.”

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  1. whatsafairway says: Sep 16, 2011 6:55 AM

    Let’s see, one hand on his lower back for leverage and wait…

    Troy, if the horse collar wasn’t intentional, what was it you were reaching that high to grab?

    I detest liars. At least Harrison has the balls to admit he’s trying to hurt you.

  2. timtheenchanter1 says: Sep 16, 2011 6:58 AM

    No fine for the Hair body-slamming Ray Rice???!?!?
    Nothing for Ike Taylor hitting Oher in the head?

    If that’s all the “discipline” that comes out of that game, the Steelers better not complain about the league office “targeting” them with fines this year. They got off easy.

  3. mustbejealousof6 says: Sep 16, 2011 7:00 AM

    The SFL can’t come soon enough!

  4. steelerdynasty2010 says: Sep 16, 2011 7:00 AM

    here come the tears from the haters

  5. j3ts83 says: Sep 16, 2011 7:04 AM

    Goodell needs to go away. I remember when people talked about football before he was here now every other headline is either someone getting fined or him trying to change the game.

  6. 6ringsofsteal says: Sep 16, 2011 7:10 AM

    his is outrageous! Steelers make the rules! When the new league is formed horse collar will be allowed.

  7. yzguy431 says: Sep 16, 2011 7:11 AM

    this is the result of being old, and slow.

  8. ravenshaterssuckdonkeydick says: Sep 16, 2011 7:11 AM

    Cue the Steelers apologists…….

  9. ravenfan820 says: Sep 16, 2011 7:15 AM

    This is absolutely freaking hilarious…..the squealers are crying that the Ravens were dirty and they get fined for an illegal tackle….

    Can it get any better for the squealers or their arrogant fans who all have six rings…I am talking about the fans, not the players….no player on that team has more than two….Just the fans have six.

  10. theravenlives2 says: Sep 16, 2011 7:16 AM

    It’s OK, Troy…apology accepted. I know it must be hard seeing younger and faster players – hell, even Ricky Williams – run past your ass all day on the way to the end zone. At least you’re not a whiney little b—h like most of your teammates.

  11. joetoronto says: Sep 16, 2011 7:18 AM

    Polamalu obviously lost control of his arm for a minute, not his fault at all.

    Geez.

  12. clonefish says: Sep 16, 2011 7:22 AM

    i hate the steelers but why is this a fine? the nfl should take a step back. not everything that can possibly injure a player needs a fine tacked onto it along with penalty.

  13. nflfollower says: Sep 16, 2011 7:22 AM

    Horse collaring an offensive player who is trying to score, even if it’s the only way you can get ahold of him (used to be a common way to tackle a ball carrier from behind) will now cost you 5K more than a sucker punch after the play is blown dead.

  14. tuxbirds says: Sep 16, 2011 7:22 AM

    LMAO…after all the complaining about the legal chop blocks , Hairball gets fined for horse collar ………………. PRICELESS!!

  15. ravenator says: Sep 16, 2011 7:27 AM

    What a dirty POS

  16. numberonesteelersfan says: Sep 16, 2011 7:28 AM

    The nfl truly hates the steelers

  17. scudbot says: Sep 16, 2011 7:29 AM

    My fingers got caught in neck opening of his shirt while he was running away.

  18. stuartscottslefteye says: Sep 16, 2011 7:29 AM

    “I’ve never intentionally tried to horse collar anybody”
    —————————————

    “Yeah, I accidentally launch my body at him and then I accidentally grabbed him by the collar, and then I accidentally didn’t let go, and then I accidentally bought him all the way to the ground by said collar until I could accidentally land on him.”

  19. thirdngoal says: Sep 16, 2011 7:30 AM

    A flag……..ok, A fine is kind of extreme. Next GODell will be giving fines for every flag thrown. Plus was the rest of the horse collar flag for the week 1 fined the same???????

  20. anilpmathews says: Sep 16, 2011 7:32 AM

    it’s really interesting that he would say he doesnt like speaking out about fines, considering the steelers themselves have been noticeably vocal after getting fined for tackles. could that be a shot at fellow players like James Harrison?

  21. kotapug says: Sep 16, 2011 7:39 AM

    But Woodson can punch a guy and only get nailed for $10,000 ?????? Keep up the good work NFL

  22. WingT says: Sep 16, 2011 7:45 AM

    wow, he gets a 15K fine for a tackle and Charles Woodson gets a 10K fine for throwing a punch….there’s something wrong with this…the NFL is so inconsistant

  23. enders9 says: Sep 16, 2011 7:48 AM

    Respect for Troy. He’s not whining like a little b*tch about his fine and he manned up to it.

  24. pftequalsgreatjournalism says: Sep 16, 2011 7:48 AM

    six6ringsofsquealing…

  25. xblade45x says: Sep 16, 2011 7:50 AM

    Wait… Charles Woodson got 10k for deliberately punching someone… Guess polamalu gets more for being on the same team as Harrison.

  26. bmorebirds79 says: Sep 16, 2011 7:53 AM

    This is ridiculous. How is a punch only worth 10k and this 15

  27. scudbot says: Sep 16, 2011 7:56 AM

    “But Woodson can punch a guy and only get nailed for $10,000 ?????? Keep up the good work NFL.” Fining Woodson $1 million wouldn’t have any effect on horsecollar tackling. The NFL wants to prevent lawsuits down the road by producing evidence that they’ve tried to stop it. They’re not basing decisions on what they read on fan forums.

  28. draftking says: Sep 16, 2011 7:56 AM

    It annoys me that horse collar tackles aren’t allowed to begin with — had T.O. not been injured during a horse collar tackle, I suspect it might not be a penalty today. But now it’s not only a penalty… but it can get you fined in the NFL?!? Wow.

  29. pskotte says: Sep 16, 2011 8:02 AM

    Steelers have the rep for the dirtiest team in the NFL but at least this guy apologized and declined comment. First sign of class from this team.

  30. ezdoesit209 says: Sep 16, 2011 8:04 AM

    Who cares?! Next story please…

  31. opbilly says: Sep 16, 2011 8:08 AM

    i totally agree that this should not be a fined offense. i dont even agree that it should be a penalty. sometimes its the only way left to tackle. but what about the punch that he threw and even admitted to later??? that should have been an ejection and fine. but we are talking about the steelers for which the nfl bends over backwards to protect. did they say o.k. we can fine him for this and that will make up for the other! typical nfl protecting their beloved franchise. i cant wait to see all the phantom holding calls on seattle next week every time they start moving the ball!

  32. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Sep 16, 2011 8:08 AM

    I don’t understand the point of a fine for this. It was penalized on the field. That’s all there should be. If you’re going to fine players for committing penalties, then you need to go the whole way. Fines for offsides, false starts, delay of game, etc.

  33. jeepin08 says: Sep 16, 2011 8:08 AM

    He should have been fined for trying to twist Ray Rice leg in the bottom of a pile during the mid field melee. Then stood up and threw Ray to the ground. A second attack within 30 seconds.
    Unbeleivable. And no flag on hairball. At the same time, Clark head butts Oher and gets the 15 for unsportmans like. Refs screwed that one up.

  34. ehatem says: Sep 16, 2011 8:10 AM

    “I’m not a big fan of people being really vocal about the fines,” he said.

    Wow, is he on the wrong team or what?

  35. rooneyguy says: Sep 16, 2011 8:15 AM

    ravens fans who hate on troy are just as stupid as steelers fans who hate on ed reed. if you cant view players of that caliber objectively you are a disgrace to the team you cheer for.

    on that note, when is baltimores championship parade?

  36. dhudge says: Sep 16, 2011 8:16 AM

    Yea, and H.Ward threw a punch at B.Pollard (& then ran away like a B****) and didn’t get fined. That would’ve been the icing on the 35-7 cake!

    Would have preferred Ward getting the fine!

  37. joe6606 says: Sep 16, 2011 8:16 AM

    Where’s the fine on Ayanbadejo who not only was flagged for horsecollaring, but did it late, and out of bounds??????????

    Goodell, you suck.

  38. gsr1191 says: Sep 16, 2011 8:17 AM

    didn’t the ravens get flagged for a horse collar tackle earlier in the game? was there a fine?

  39. clonefish says: Sep 16, 2011 8:18 AM

    cowards

  40. jacunn2000 says: Sep 16, 2011 8:19 AM

    I used to really like and respect the Steelers. Now they are just a bunch of whiny titches. Get over yourselves.
    Oh, and the Ravens have replaced you as the most feared team in the NFL.

  41. tripster999 says: Sep 16, 2011 8:22 AM

    OK, enough is enough. I’m a die hard Raven fan and I think this fine is ridiculous. What’s next, a fine for pass interference??

  42. gsr1191 says: Sep 16, 2011 8:22 AM

    yes there was…box score… right after the 1st TD “B.Cundiff kicks 69 yards from BLT 35 to PIT -4. A.Brown to PIT 27 for 31 yards (B.Ayanbadejo). PENALTY on BLT-B.Ayanbadejo, Horse Collar Tackle, 15 yards, enforced at PIT 27.” if he didnt get fined thats a little ridiculous

  43. jfkelly1 says: Sep 16, 2011 8:23 AM

    Good rule, anyone “old” enough to remember Bo Jackson, horse collar tackle ended his football days!

  44. polishrod says: Sep 16, 2011 8:24 AM

    2nd most overrated, dirty player in the league behind Charles Woodson.

    Steelers are falling apart, this is fantastic!

  45. calloustongue says: Sep 16, 2011 8:27 AM

    Woodson’s punch was his 1st brush with the NFL conduct policy. The Steelers not so much. Woodson’s punch had 0 chance to cause a major injury. Harrison’s and Polamalwho’s, not so much. I can make flashcards if it makes it easier for Steeler fans.

  46. willyalistentothis says: Sep 16, 2011 8:45 AM

    The NFL should make a chart that values all ofthe fines. Horse collar $15k, body punch $10k, etc. More clearly layed out, some sort of fantasy league could be created strictly around the fines. Back in the day people used exclude Tiger Woods from fantasy golf because whoever had him, had too much of an advantage. You would probably need to do the same thing with James Harrison.

  47. ottomanismydog says: Sep 16, 2011 8:45 AM

    Is there even a reason to point out the obvious inconsistencies of the NFL fining system.

    Appeal.

    What about the Ravens player who horse collared Antonio Brown, out of bounds, on the Kick Return? To boot a specific play the NFL isolated to increase safety.

  48. 1kcfan says: Sep 16, 2011 8:51 AM

    Those kind of tackles should result in automatic ejection and next game suspension, and that is for the 1st offense. It’s that type of tackle that can truly hurt a player. Someone should take Polamalu’s knee and then not complain when they are fined $15k. An eye for an eye, right?

  49. 1kcfan says: Sep 16, 2011 8:52 AM

    Right on jfkelly1.

  50. wcdunkenfield says: Sep 16, 2011 8:54 AM

    Personally, I think the NHL rules are a bit better in terms of these flagrant fouls. (I would start by defining three types — horse-collars, face masks, and hits to the head). Often times, yardage is just not a good penalty.

    How about ‘ol Troy sitting on the sidelines for 10 minutes, in the penalty box?

    Getting taken off the field, perhaps in addition to the yardage, would put an end to some of the more egregious fouls. Especially late in a game when it’s a close score…

  51. wcdunkenfield says: Sep 16, 2011 8:55 AM

    BTW, having a player taken off does not mean playing with only 10. The team would get to put in a substitute…

  52. mnavia2 says: Sep 16, 2011 9:07 AM

    Avid Steeler hater here but this is getting out of control. Soon enough these guys will be fined for false starts. Owners need to get together again and do something about this dictator. He is slowly but surely making “tackle” football and turning it into two-hand touch.

  53. cup1981 says: Sep 16, 2011 9:20 AM

    whatsafairway says: Sep 16, 2011 6:55 AM

    Let’s see, one hand on his lower back for leverage and wait…

    Troy, if the horse collar wasn’t intentional, what was it you were reaching that high to grab?

    I detest liars. At least Harrison has the balls to admit he’s trying to hurt you.

    ———————————————————————–

    Dude, have you ever played organized sports? You can’t exactly plan everything perfectly. A guy flies past you, you grab whatever the hell you can to get him down.

    He didn’t strategically put his hands there, moron. Polamalu is the last person to intentionally do anything to hurt anyone.

  54. Steeler's Will says: Sep 16, 2011 9:21 AM

    Hey Raven fans! Who’s whining now?

  55. 6ringsofsteal says: Sep 16, 2011 9:25 AM

    If this keeps up the Steel will start our own league. Steeler Nation!

    Hail!

  56. nesuperfan says: Sep 16, 2011 9:28 AM

    The NFL needs a written and concrete fine schedule, which is based on number of infractions, and then you get fined a percentage of salary based on the schedule.

  57. Steeler's Will says: Sep 16, 2011 9:29 AM

    wcdunkenfield says:
    Sep 16, 2011 8:55 AM
    “BTW, having a player taken off does not mean playing with only 10. The team would get to put in a substitute…”

    —————–
    I suggest shortening the penalty time, but no substitutions. 2 minutes with up to a 2 man advantage would be interesting. Probably see more multi-positional players too.

  58. Land Snark says: Sep 16, 2011 9:31 AM

    I think the Steelers Football League is a great idea.

    At least the competition will be as much as they can handle.

    Plus it will all be above board as to who’s paying the referees to make calls when they win the championship.

  59. raiderlyfe510 says: Sep 16, 2011 9:32 AM

    I’m telling you, anytime we’re talking more about the commissioner than the actual product you know you have a bad commissioner.

    People love football because it’s a conflict of violence and artistry. Violence on defense, artistry on offense. You take the violence out the game..The result is low attendance. People laugh at Miami, but blackouts are going to be a problem for the NFL in multiple cities in the future. Who wants to pay 100 dollars to see a soft watered down product?? A glorified 7on 7 drill?

    Not too many hardcore football fans like me…

  60. Steeler's Will says: Sep 16, 2011 9:32 AM

    calloustongue says:
    Sep 16, 2011 8:27 AM
    Woodson’s punch was his 1st brush with the NFL conduct policy. The Steelers not so much. Woodson’s punch had 0 chance to cause a major injury. Harrison’s and Polamalwho’s, not so much. I can make flashcards if it makes it easier for Steeler fans.
    ———————-
    I’m in awe at your idiocy.

  61. 6ringsofsteal says: Sep 16, 2011 9:33 AM

    You tell them StealersWill! Ravens are ratbird whinners. Steelers will cheat all we want this is our league!

  62. Steeler's Will says: Sep 16, 2011 9:34 AM

    6ringsofsteal says:
    Sep 16, 2011 9:25 AM
    If this keeps up the Steel will start our own league. Steeler Nation!

    Hail!
    ————–
    Love it. You’re trolling a flame-baiter. Well done. And it’s a Redskin fan?

  63. dukemarc says: Sep 16, 2011 9:43 AM

    Let the “Boo Hooing” commence!

  64. dukemarc says: Sep 16, 2011 9:45 AM

    6ringsofsteal says: Sep 16, 2011 9:25 AM

    If this keeps up the Steel will start our own league. Steeler Nation!

    Hail!
    —————————————-

    No need to start your own league, I hear the UFL is looking for some teams.

  65. thejuddstir says: Sep 16, 2011 9:45 AM

    I am a throw-back football fan when men played the game, not diva’s in skirts. So is the NFL saying that Polamaulu would’ve been better off giving Ricky Williams a big ole’ haymaker punch to knock him senseless than to horse-collar him???? Sounds like it would’ve saved him $5000 if the going rate is 15k for a horsecollar and only 10k for a woodson punch. Sure there’s sarcasa intended, but think about it!!!

  66. jz3248 says: Sep 16, 2011 9:45 AM

    I guess the horse collar was an accident…he must of thought he was reaching for a bottle of HEAD & SHOULDERS for his new TV commercial

  67. Steeler's Will says: Sep 16, 2011 9:50 AM

    6ringsofsteal says:
    Sep 16, 2011 9:33 AM
    You tell them StealersWill! Ravens are ratbird whinners. Steelers will cheat all we want this is our league!
    ————————

    You forgot your “Hail!” champ ;)

  68. richm2256 says: Sep 16, 2011 9:50 AM

    6ringsofsteal says:
    If this keeps up the Steel will start our own league.
    ——————————————————–
    One where they’d never have to play the Patriots ever again, no doubt.

  69. Steeler's Will says: Sep 16, 2011 9:57 AM

    @richm2256:

    To be honest, I don’t even fear the semi-annual beatdown by the Pats anymore. I just accept it.

  70. heyzeus143 says: Sep 16, 2011 9:59 AM

    football used to be tough guy’s game now it’s for track stars and skirt wearing qb’s – there’s more contact allowed in the NBA

  71. kyleortonsarm says: Sep 16, 2011 10:01 AM

    “I’m a true Steelers fan. I have been since Feb 1st 2009″ 6ringsofsteal

  72. t1mmy10 says: Sep 16, 2011 10:12 AM

    So a horse collar tackle is fined more than a punch this week? Yep the steelers aren’t being singled out or anything.

  73. denverwally says: Sep 16, 2011 10:23 AM

    Just more typical Steeler cheating. These guys can’t play a game without trying to cheat their way to victory.

  74. beelicker says: Sep 16, 2011 10:26 AM

    c’mon guys, ‘sixringsofSTEAL’ is himself a sly witty parody-ist.

    More thinking, less lemmming!

  75. carnboys says: Sep 16, 2011 10:30 AM

    Troy is the same guy who does spear head tackles. The steelers are now getting caught cheating and they think they are getting pick on.
    They have been cheating for years.

  76. rpiotr01 says: Sep 16, 2011 10:38 AM

    “But Woodson can punch a guy and only get nailed for $10,000 ?????? Keep up the good work NFL”

    The league is basing fines on threats to player safety. A horse collar can injure a player, wreck a season and possibly a career. Launching helmet first into another player’s head can cause severe injury. Stomping on another player’s exposed head while that player is on the ground can cause severe injury.

    Woodson’s sucker punch – though completely uncalled for and unacceptable at every level – into the chest padding of another player isn’t going to cause the slightest injury. I’m sure that was taken into account.

    Contrary to what people seem to believe, the NFL isn’t out to have a league full of nice guys who play with class. They want a league where players don’t make the kind of tackles that can seriously injure other players.

  77. bostonbias says: Sep 16, 2011 11:04 AM

    Since when is a horsecollor a fine? I saw a number of those, why no fine for any other player?

  78. letemplay says: Sep 16, 2011 11:05 AM

    No love for the steelers from me, but this is too much. 15 yards is enough. It seems like he’s getting fined based on the team he plays for. This is the 2011 steelers, not last years team. The front office needs to realize that and not fine them because they wear black and gold.

    Troy seems like a stand up guy and he is the best strong safety in the league. He lost his temper with Rice because they were losing pretty badly. It could happen to anyone.

  79. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 16, 2011 11:07 AM

    Is it just me or is anyone else tired of seeing this @ mustbejealouseof6 on every post writing about things not even relavant. The SFL? GET a life. Im sure many are jealouse of the whoopin the steelers got this week. Keep counting ur rings while we keep counting ur turnovers. Jealouse of 7 ? Turnovers?

  80. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 16, 2011 11:11 AM

    O so steelers fans say hail now? When did that start? Wonder where u got that from? HAIL TO THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS

  81. dwightmlee says: Sep 16, 2011 11:13 AM

    so what’s the SFL going to be?

  82. stonyhands says: Sep 16, 2011 11:15 AM

    Does no one see the new emphasis this year on HGH testing and the correlation with the drop off in Steeler performance? Anyone?

  83. jimmymcnultysbottleofjameson says: Sep 16, 2011 11:16 AM

    Troy, did you horse collar him? No

    DIDN’T YOU? Yes

  84. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Sep 16, 2011 11:30 AM

    Nothing like giving a guy who is too slow to catch 34 year old Ricky Williams a fresh 3 year contract.

  85. darock765 says: Sep 16, 2011 11:31 AM

    PUNCH $10,00

    HORSE COLLAR $15,000

    GOD ell PRICELESS!!!

  86. lewpring says: Sep 16, 2011 11:31 AM

    Troy Polamaulu responds to his fine and any attendant criticism with what has to be the classiest, most refined and reasonable reaction I’ve ever heard from a football player and……….. the stupid ‘fan base’ crawls all over him anyway. Some of them, it would appear, even Stiller fans.

    You may or may not have lost half a step, Troy, but you continue to play a level of football I can only describe as inspiring.

    That you are obviously a well – bred young man makes it even better.

    With respect,

    Lew Pringle

  87. hineswardcriesafterfumbling says: Sep 16, 2011 11:58 AM

    PFT won’t let me post the video, but I’d like to point out for jfkelly1, 1kcfan and those that gave their comments “thumbs up”, that the tackle that ended Bo Jackson’s career wasn’t a horse tackle. That’s not a judgement call, that’s a fact.

    Go to youtube, search for “Bo Jackson Injury”, and watch the video titled “Bo Jackson Various runs”. At the 2:50 mark you can watch the tackle.

  88. pftwstbshmc says: Sep 16, 2011 12:06 PM

    So what’s next? $20,000 fines for open field tackles? This is getting to be beyond ridiculous.

    CAN ANYONE GET RID OF GOD-ELL AND WHOEVER ELSE IS INVOLVED IN THE FINING PROCESS?

    They are turning what was once a great sport into something total unintersting and boring.

  89. tanyas1976 says: Sep 16, 2011 12:09 PM

    After reading this blog and the comments all I can say is…WOW!…some of you are ridiculous! THIS IS NFL FOOTBALL NOT A DAMN TEA PARTY! These players get paid million of dollars a year to play football..football is a CONTACT sport! These players need to quit whining about “hard hits” and “illegal tackles” and EARN their paychecks! I sure do wish the NFL is like it was in the “good ole days” where players got hit, shook it off and played the game instead of whining to the refs..”he hurt me, fine him”…blah, blah, blah..in MY opinion the Steelers are the BEST team in the NFL and the other players..on the other teams..well I say to them..”Put on your big girl panties and get over it!” HERE WE GO STEELERS!

  90. Deb says: Sep 16, 2011 12:15 PM

    “I’m not a big fan of people being really vocal …”

    Hallelujah!!! First sensible thing one of my Steelers has said since Sunday. To the people calling him idiotic names, he’s not denying the horse collar, just saying he didn’t intend to inflict injury. This stuff happens at full speed, and whenever guys horse collar, they’re just trying to bring down a runner any way they can.

    As for the fine … whether it’s Polamalu or Charles Woodson or one of the Ravens, fines are asinine. The game is played on the field, not in Goodell’s office. Fines should only be applied for something really nutso … like trying to gouge an opponent’s eyes or smacking a ref. Horse collars have always been personal foul penalties. The other team needs that 15 yards–what good does a fine do them after the game is over?

    Geez, did Roger even watch football as a kid?

  91. Steeler's Will says: Sep 16, 2011 12:16 PM

    sadskinsfan89 says:
    Sep 16, 2011 11:11 AM
    O so steelers fans say hail now? When did that start? Wonder where u got that from? HAIL TO THE WASHINGTON REDSKINS

    ———————–

    Nice try champ ;) Your slip-up exposed your team rooting interests, now you revealed yourself as the poster behind the keyboard. Should’ve just left it alone.

    **************
    6ringsofsteal says: Sep 16, 2011 9:25 AM

    If this keeps up the Steel will start our own league. Steeler Nation!

    Hail!
    **************

    Fail troll

  92. blackandyellowadam says: Sep 16, 2011 12:18 PM

    @scudbot

    “But Woodson can punch a guy and only get nailed for $10,000 ?????? Keep up the good work NFL.” Fining Woodson $1 million wouldn’t have any effect on horsecollar tackling. The NFL wants to prevent lawsuits down the road by producing evidence that they’ve tried to stop it. They’re not basing decisions on what they read on fan forums.”
    —-

    WRONG.

    Being horsecollared can reasonably be seen as an inherent risk of football, just like being face-masked. The NFL most-likely can’t be held liable for injuries resulting from these tackles. However, being punched is definitely NOT an inherent risk of football, therefore the NFL could be held liable for injuries resulting from punches, if they didn’t do enough to prevent fighting. If anything, there should be massive fines for punching a player.

  93. steelernation1 says: Sep 16, 2011 12:19 PM

    i remember a raven doing a horsecollar and was penalized for it.but i dont see no fine on him

  94. lewpring says: Sep 16, 2011 12:19 PM

    For Jimmy McNulty,

    One of my closest buddies, gone now, Daniel F.X. K. named his first son, Sean. Big deal. Who wouldn’t. His next child was a daughter. This is not so easy. Her name??????

    Jameson.

    God Love Ya, Danny.

    Lew

  95. formcritic says: Sep 16, 2011 12:20 PM

    Have any of you critics every played football?

    Are any of you aware that a snapshot of one instant in a game can deceive you as to what is happening?

    If you had played football, you’d know that tackles and other contact happen in an instant of time. You grip another player’s uniform or equipment by instinct.

    Polamalu isn’t using his left arm for leverage any more than he meant to grab his opponent’s shoulder pads.

    Apparently, girls who’ve never played the game know all about what happens in split second plays. Amazing.

  96. Steeler's Will says: Sep 16, 2011 12:30 PM

    carnboys says:
    Sep 16, 2011 10:30 AM
    Troy is the same guy who does spear head tackles. The steelers are now getting caught cheating and they think they are getting pick on.
    They have been cheating for years.

    carnboys says:
    Sep 15, 2011 2:04 PM
    The steelers are known for there holding and cheap blocking for years and getting the ref’s calls.you whinning steelers fans.except you got you but kick.

    —————–
    You’d think this would be coming from a fan of the losing team…

  97. 6ringsofsteal says: Sep 16, 2011 12:33 PM

    We got away with all the cheap shots after the play. Hell we threw punches and knocked the refs over twice without a penalty or a fine. We own the refs!

  98. opbilly says: Sep 16, 2011 1:28 PM

    to all you whining steeler fans, ayanbedajo was fined for the horse collar tackle. he just didn’t choose to cry about it to the media. i know that you aren’t used to being called for fouls in this league, but there is a new sheriff in town. get over it and play the game by the rules!!!

  99. occamssabre says: Sep 16, 2011 2:08 PM

    As a Ravens fan I think this is going overboard but if you’re gonna fine Polamalu for a horse-collar you need to fine Brendon Ayanbadejo $15k too. Its only fair…

  100. Deb says: Sep 16, 2011 2:11 PM

    opbilly says:

    i know that you aren’t used to being called for fouls in this league, but there is a new sheriff in town. get over it and play the game by the rules!!!
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    Did you really just say the Steelers aren’t used to getting called for fouls? Do you live under a rock? There’s a new sheriff in town? Do you mean Goodell? Mr. Corporate has been in town since 2006 and slowly but surely chipping away at the integrity of the league and the sanity of its fans. And if you’re a Ravens fan, you should know your players have been as upset by this fining lunacy as anyone else. That’s why they voiced their support for Harrison last season.

    Polamalu very specifically DID NOT whine–which was a nice change for my guys because they’ve been embarrassing me all week. He simply apologized to Williams.

    Next time, before you comment, try to get your facts straight.

  101. Steeler's Will says: Sep 16, 2011 2:26 PM

    sadskinsfan89 says:
    Sep 16, 2011 12:33 PM
    We got away with all the cheap shots after the play. Hell we threw punches and knocked the refs over twice without a penalty or a fine. We own the refs!

    Hail!
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    Fixed your post.

  102. stairwayto7 says: Sep 16, 2011 3:51 PM

    A horse collar $15000 fine however a punch by Woodson is only $10,000????

  103. dhudge says: Sep 16, 2011 4:07 PM

    To all:
    “Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reported that Ayanbadejo was fined $15,000.”

    …so no more whining about #43 getting fined when #51 did not.

  104. makosalad says: Sep 16, 2011 5:20 PM

    Steeler’s Will- hillarious
    Deb- on point, as usual
    6ringsofsteal- one more time

    Troy- thank you! Not only for this, but for the apology to your fans for the scuffle as well. You have to be one of the best role models in pro football today.

  105. ravensman says: Sep 16, 2011 5:24 PM

    Steeler’s Will says: Sep 16, 2011 9:21 AM

    Hey Raven fans! Who’s whining now?

    Obviously you!
    Many ravens fans – including myself – think the fine against Troy is excessive and unwarranted. If that upsets you – too bad.

  106. Deb says: Sep 16, 2011 5:36 PM

    dhudge says:

    To all:
    “Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reported that Ayanbadejo was fined $15,000.”
    ————————————————

    Neither of them should have been fined. That’s what flags are for. Next they’ll be fining pass interference and holding.

  107. cbass59 says: Sep 16, 2011 9:40 PM

    Hensley (MD native and former Balt Sun writer): In the past, the NFL has given out $7,500 fines for horse-collar tackles. Last year, quarterback Kevin Kolb received a $5,000 fine for a horse-collar tackle.

  108. Deb says: Sep 16, 2011 11:36 PM

    @cbass59 …

    Horse-collaring by grabbing the jersey has only been illegal since 2006 and Goodell is the only commissioner who’s ever fined players for that infraction. I don’t believe in fining because it’s a corporate response and hasn’t proved effective. Horse-collaring is dangerous and players are less likely to do it if they know it will cost their teams 15 yards. Officials should be trained to flag infractions on the field. If someone is a repeat offender, the rules allow for ejection or suspension. Cowboys safety Roy Williams–who was the horse-collar king–was suspended a game for repeated horse-collaring in ’07.

  109. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 16, 2011 11:57 PM

    Man these steeler fans get upset fast. Please don’t jump off the bandwagon yet. Since u jumped on in what 09? Its only one game but man the ravens gave a whoopin. Just keep thinkn of ur rings cuz obviously that’s all ul have to fall back on. Half u steelers fans are probably spread across the country and no where close to Pittsburgh.

  110. sadskinsfan89 says: Sep 17, 2011 12:23 AM

    @steelers will. Sry bro didn’t mean to interupt ur reach around session.

  111. makosalad says: Sep 17, 2011 11:50 AM

    sadskinsfan89 says:
    Sep 16, 2011 11:57 PM
    Man these steeler fans get upset fast. Please don’t jump off the bandwagon yet. Since u jumped on in what 09? Its only one game but man the ravens gave a whoopin. Just keep thinkn of ur rings cuz obviously that’s all ul have to fall back on. Half u steelers fans are probably spread across the country and no where close to Pittsburgh.

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    Not sure if you’re just baiting this thread, or if you truly believe that only people from a team’s city are allowed to be fans. It’s one thing to trash talk for the sake of fun, it’s another to void yourself of common sense when doing so.

  112. bus36fan says: Sep 17, 2011 2:19 PM

    As a die hard Steelers fan, I feel that if a fine is going to be enforced on a horse collar in a game, then it needs to be enforced on all players in that game where the same penalty flag has been thrown. In the 1st quarter at 1:32 sec elapsed game time, PIT 27 – 2nd & 7, a horse collar tackle was called on Baltimore’s Ayanbadejo. Where is his fine? Was his horse collar penalty different?

  113. dhudge says: Sep 17, 2011 3:05 PM

    @ bu36fan
    try reading the entire thread…
    ““Jason LaCanfora of the NFL Network reported that Ayanbadejo was (also) fined $15,000.”

  114. callieqw says: Sep 17, 2011 3:42 PM

    Football is loosing it’s appeal more and more as the rules keep changing and fines ect. are so subjective. I love the game, but sissies run the show!!!!!!!!

  115. bearndakota says: Sep 17, 2011 7:15 PM

    The game is fast, as it should be, stopping a runner is the primary goal. Sometimes you can’t grab them or tackle them picture perfect. It wasn’t malicious..it just happened. It ticks me off to see armchair quarterbacks – many who never played anything more than Madden football, try to tell a pro player he doesn’t know what he’s doing. Get Real Dudes or watch tennis, golf or dancing with the stars…. cheeez!

  116. savannahrose44 says: Sep 22, 2011 9:03 PM

    bmorebirds79 says:
    Sep 16, 2011 7:53 AM
    This is ridiculous. How is a punch only worth 10k and this 15

    The punch didn’t have the potential to break the players back or neck. Granted I feel Woodson should have been ejected for that punch not fined after the fact.

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