When you’re an NFL defensive back, you know that hitting people is part of the job, and getting fined for hitting people is part of the job. Giants safety Kenny Phillips experienced the first part on Sunday, and he knows the second part is coming this week.
Phillips was flagged for unnecessary roughness for a hit on Seahawks tight end Zach Miller on Sunday, and he says he’s expecting to get fined as well — even though he says the on-field officials told him they know he wasn’t going for Miller’s head.
“The refs said I didn’t hit him in the head, I just launched at him. I guess I’m just gonna have to accept the penalty,” Phillips said.
On the play in question, Phillips did appear to be aiming shoulder-to-shoulder rather than helmet-to-helmet. However, he also left his feet to hit Miller, while Miller’s hand was outstretched to reach for a pass over his head, at a time when Miller couldn’t protect himself. That’s why the flag was thrown and the fine is forthcoming.
“I was just trying to make a play,” Phillips said. “I saw the ball was out there and I thought I could get to the ball, so I just tried to separate him from it.”
Miller left the game with an apparent concussion. Phillips has already been fined $10,000 this season for a hit to the head or neck area, so he’ll likely get an even bigger fine as a repeat offender.