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NFL fines James Farrior $15,000 for hitting Kerry Collins

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The NFL has fined Steelers linebacker James Farrior $15,000 for hitting Colts quarterback Kerry Collins on Sunday night, even though Farrior wasn’t penalized.

Farrior says he believes the NFL fined him not because the hit was illegal, but because the NFL wanted to send a message after Collins suffered a concussion.

No doubt about it,” Farrior told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. “With everything that’s going on now, I think that’s what happened.”

It appeared that the Farrior hit is what caused Collins’ injury, although the hit in question came during the third quarter and Collins didn’t leave the game until the fourth quarter.

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45 Responses to “NFL fines James Farrior $15,000 for hitting Kerry Collins”
  1. vikescry1 says: Sep 30, 2011 2:21 PM

    que the (it’s only cuz he’s a steeler complaints)

  2. jmat40 says: Sep 30, 2011 2:25 PM

    Goodell and his cronies are going to find a way to fine the players no matter what they do so they might as well get their money’s worth.

  3. medtxpack says: Sep 30, 2011 2:27 PM

    shouldve been a flag…

  4. favreforever says: Sep 30, 2011 2:28 PM

    Farrior lucky it wasn’t considered a hate crime. Most times when you hit an old defenseless street person, that comes up.

  5. dryzzt23 says: Sep 30, 2011 2:30 PM

    If this was a Cowboys player, or a Patriots player, or any NY player, then he would be given allowed to do whatever he wants to a QB.

    But if a Steeler even thinks about shaking a QBs hand, he will get a penalty. It NFL law now.

  6. dickroy says: Sep 30, 2011 2:31 PM

    If a hit on the field draws no flag, I assume that the hit was legal. It is not right to come back later and say it was illegal.
    There will soon be a backlash on all these fines being given out when the refs doesn’t throw a flag. Roger Goodell is an idiot and needs to go. Did he even play high school football?

  7. baltimorons says: Sep 30, 2011 2:33 PM

    Kerry Collins is still playing?

  8. rogoceo says: Sep 30, 2011 2:34 PM

    Good, hard, clean hit. He was already in motion when the ball was released. Only a flag because QB’s wear skirts these days. And cause Collins is 500 years old…BTW Farrior is 500 years old too so it was elderly on elderly crime. No flag or fine needed.

  9. bray72 says: Sep 30, 2011 2:36 PM

    OK, now que all the haters to talk about how dirty ALL the steelers are – mostly without any real evidence.

  10. thebigkahuna23 says: Sep 30, 2011 2:37 PM

    James Farrior should be charged with assault. Kerry Collins has a white beard, the dude looks like he could be 60.

  11. buzzbissinger says: Sep 30, 2011 2:39 PM

    How about, instead of griping about how the Steelers always get called for this, the NFL has a talk with Mike Tomlin, et al, and explain that: YOU’RE NOT SUPPOSED TO COACH THIS?

  12. grilledjesus says: Sep 30, 2011 2:42 PM

    dickroy says:
    Sep 30, 2011 2:31 PM
    If a hit on the field draws no flag, I assume that the hit was legal. It is not right to come back later and say it was illegal.
    ————————————————

    I get where your coming from, but it’s wuite obvious that refs miss tons of things in games these days.
    Now, if the player is going to be fined, shouldn’t the ref who didn’t make the call be fined as well?

  13. bruiza2k says: Sep 30, 2011 2:44 PM

    I think the Smithsonian should be protecting this relic, not that weak Colts O-Line…

  14. dickroy says: Sep 30, 2011 2:48 PM

    Remember now, you can’t hit a Colts QB. He is Manning’s back up. You can’t hit a Brady back up either. Those are the rules.

  15. Peter Venkman says: Sep 30, 2011 2:48 PM

    The NFL is just a microcosm of society: No cajones left whatsoever.

  16. totallyuselessme says: Sep 30, 2011 2:50 PM

    Really, Steelers in general should know by now. Why can’t you just let the poor QB do his job.

    Stop hatin’!

  17. coltfan1984 says: Sep 30, 2011 2:51 PM

    If he would have lowered his shoulder it would have been a legal hit. He kept his head up and hit helmet to facemask. There should have been a flag, but since it was not Tom Brady they looked the other way.

  18. boswivel says: Sep 30, 2011 2:55 PM

    Farrior’s fine will be paid by a consortium of grateful Colts fans.

  19. Steeler's Will says: Sep 30, 2011 2:56 PM

    Yep, saw this fine coming a mile away. Seems like it’s the ref’s way of saying…”Ooops! Sorry!”

    Flag it, don’t fine it. JUST MAKE THE DANG CALL REF!

  20. vernhh says: Sep 30, 2011 2:57 PM

    Be honest, it wasn’t so much the hit that drew the fine as the fact that he stole Collin’s walker.

  21. richm2256 says: Sep 30, 2011 3:04 PM

    There’s a huge difference between a HARD hit, and an ILLEGAL hit. Goodell and the league need to start realizing this.

    Not sure which this one was, I didn’t see it.

  22. darthvincent says: Sep 30, 2011 3:07 PM

    I’m starting to wonder if the QB is not wearing the special concussion preventative helmets then it’s he (or she) who should be fined when they receive a concussion.

  23. 3octaveFart says: Sep 30, 2011 3:07 PM

    Roger is just making this all up as he goes along, isn’t he?

  24. southridge23 says: Sep 30, 2011 3:08 PM

    Dear Mr. webmaster-

    please ban any comments that include the following:

    - “Que the (whatever)…”

    - Anything where someone predicts negative responses in a “3…..2….1….” format

    - “Stay classy (whomever)”

    - Comments from Steeler fans!

    That’s it for now, I’ll update as I go along..

  25. silverback9999 says: Sep 30, 2011 3:09 PM

    It’s funny cuz I was talking to my dad this morning(he’s 64) and he was talking about how Goodell is ruining the game. He said it used to be a game for men and that players didn’t used to whine and cry when they took hits or got hurt. Now with the increased protection of players guys are crying if they get tackled hard. So yet another fine for a play that wasn’t flagged on the field after someone in a suit watched the super slow-mo replay 20 times. I’m a Steeler fan but I’m a football fan first. And this new era of football doesn’t anger me it makes me sad. Kiss the days of hard hitting, tough football goodbye. Say hello to 42-35 games every week. That way of thinking really worked great for the NBA. Nice job GODell. Way to ruin a great game.

  26. dirtydrynn27 says: Sep 30, 2011 3:15 PM

    If you dont want a fine all you gotta do is hit Vick,I guarantee you you wont get fined!

  27. jobotjones says: Sep 30, 2011 3:16 PM

    Farrior is a class act.

  28. habsman says: Sep 30, 2011 3:19 PM

    There goes the NFL picking on the poor witttle Steelers again.

    Must be because they were the only team NOT to ratify the CBA due to the HGH testing clause.

  29. steviaquinn says: Sep 30, 2011 3:24 PM

    The NFL should just change the rule to “If you hit a player too hard you will get fined”. Because right now the fines do not match what the rules say. Its all subjective.

  30. melikefootball says: Sep 30, 2011 3:30 PM

    Come on watching the replay, that hit is done Sunday in and Sunday out. I think Farrior has a good point. With Vic’s post game rants the league had to act as if they cared. If the refs don’t see it, God-del is telling he has no convidence in what they see on the field. They can fine for anyting they want, may be for safety, I still believe the game is going backwasrds.

  31. holeinone09 says: Sep 30, 2011 3:30 PM

    Que the (the Steelers better not complain haters posts).

  32. steelerdynasty2010 says: Sep 30, 2011 3:43 PM

    how/why is his hit worse than canty’s hit on vick?

  33. jspyle says: Sep 30, 2011 3:47 PM

    The Colts should pay the fine for him, because he did them a big favor. They still wont be that good, but maybe they now will have at least half a chance with Collins out.

  34. mctyboy35 says: Sep 30, 2011 3:59 PM

    Awful lot if fines since Goodell’s been around. I’ve heard that the player fine money goes to charity….isn’t that a tx write-off fir the league?…..just sayin.

  35. localbandhero says: Sep 30, 2011 4:06 PM

    it was a blatant helmet to helmet hit that everyone I was with (Steeler fans…blast living in Western PA) said right away “well there’s 15 yards….” except the flag didn’t come. Anyone that saw this knows it was the definition of a helmet to helmet hit. But no, the Steeler fans (or at least some of them…the most vocal ones that give the down to earth, not so full of themselves kind a bad name) need to cry.

  36. rexismybff says: Sep 30, 2011 4:21 PM

    You’re telling me Collins got hit by a Steeler and he didn’t die?

    Impressive, old timer!!!

    I don’t know if Goddell should fine him, but Farrior should at least be under investigation from Indiana Adult Protective Services for abuse of the elderly.

  37. juzthadoginme says: Sep 30, 2011 4:26 PM

    I guess if he played for the browns I’d have a little different view.
    but you know no one wants to loose a player on their team just because someone is Intentionally going for the head.
    .trying to hurt a defenseless player
    …and that’s what he’s done over and over and over.. .go Browns.

  38. marcinhouston says: Sep 30, 2011 4:33 PM

    And Woodson only got fined $10,000 for throwing a punch after the play in week 1. I guess we know who Goodell was rooting for in the Super Bowl last year.

  39. youboettcha says: Sep 30, 2011 5:21 PM

    When the ball was thrown, Farrior was 4 yards from Collins. He didn’t pull up at all. That was easily a fine.

  40. stuartscottslefteye says: Sep 30, 2011 6:40 PM

    I love the “if there is no penalty called there should be no fine” comments. That’s akin to saying “hey, the cashier didn’t see me steal that DVD so they shouldn’t be able to bust me by reviewing the store surveillance tapes.”

  41. edgerules says: Sep 30, 2011 6:53 PM

    Oh, so now a defender whose hit MAY have injured a QB is going to be fined now? Sure, the zebras make mistakes, but really now. This is a bit much. I mean, Old Man Collins stayed until the FOURTH quarter, and I presume he took hits, so how does Goodell, the Amazing Kreskin , know for sure that it was Farrior’s hit that gave Collins the concussion? If the NFL is going to pull this nonsense, can Bernard Pollard be retroactively be fined and suspended for the Brady hit then? I mean, that idea is just as ridiculous as GODell’s fine on Farrior.

  42. axespray says: Oct 1, 2011 6:15 AM

    “if you all wanna see me headbutt some players, then give me a heck yeah!”
    - Stone Cold James Harrison

  43. antibenapalooza says: Oct 1, 2011 3:25 PM

    I wish Farrior was on an opposing team instead, knocking Pig Ben for a loop (like in career ending injury).

  44. steeltown56 says: Oct 2, 2011 12:02 AM

    I cannot believe the NFLPA didnt get Goodell under control. This new brand of football sucks, and it effects every team.

  45. robcypher says: Oct 2, 2011 1:38 AM

    How can you haters keep saying the league is trying to “cheat” games in favor of the Steelers when they keep doing stuff like this to them for perfectly legal hits? It’s total BS.

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