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Cowboys fullback draws $20,000 fine for blindside block

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The Hines Ward rule has cost Shaun Chapas a lot of money.

Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com reports that Chapas received a $20,000 fine for leveling Cardinals linebacker Reggie Walker during a punt return.  Archer points out that Chapas made only $22,000 for the game.

Chapas was not penalized on the play.  Archer said that agent Hadley Englehard has said Chapas will appeal the fine.

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21 Responses to “Cowboys fullback draws $20,000 fine for blindside block”
  1. wegonnadoitbaby says: Dec 8, 2011 5:40 PM

    Two $20 K fines today for legal hits not flagged on the field of play. No rational person wants to see players injured, but this is well beyond tolerable.

    Football involves large grown men running down the field running into each other. There will be injuries. There will be hard hits that knock people down. Sometimes, especially on kick offs and punts, the person getting hit may not see it coming. You can’t expect grown men running 40 yards at full speed to stop, identify themselves, and let the said opponent know he needs to turn around so he may be blocked out the play.

    Seriously, this is outrageous! I said it in a post earlier today, no flag, no fine, unless the hit was malicious and egregious and the officials were not in a position to see it.

  2. fin72 says: Dec 8, 2011 5:45 PM

    Do you know how many bottles of Rogaine $20,000 can buy?

  3. apmn says: Dec 8, 2011 5:52 PM

    Only made $22,000 for the game.

    Poor guy, we should take a collection for him.

  4. descendency says: Dec 8, 2011 5:58 PM

    A 20k fine for a blindside block by a poor fullback but Eric Moore gets fined like 7k for a punch to Welker’s head?

    Good job NFL fine department.

  5. edhochuli says: Dec 8, 2011 6:02 PM

    And Trent Cole is fined $7.5k for a hit that ended someones season? You’ve got to be kidding.

  6. melikefootball says: Dec 8, 2011 6:06 PM

    God-del and his cronies are taking away the game as it is. I understand safety but come on man, all these fines are sooner or later going to cause defense players to start letting up. I would love to see the percentage of fines for the defense compared to the offense. I bet we would be blown away.

  7. EJ says: Dec 8, 2011 6:14 PM

    wegonnadoitbaby, I second that, word for word, enough is enough! Football is football, not ballet. Hitting is part of the game! The NFL wants to keep making money, but I tell you what, they keep taking away the things that fans love, they will start losing them.

  8. brs50 says: Dec 8, 2011 6:15 PM

    Mike should start campaigning for fines to be % of salary based. $20k for this guy is a big hit and 20k for Suh is nothing. Right now the disparity is a joke and means the rich players get to laugh at the fines and the grunts get screwed.

  9. cowhawkfan says: Dec 8, 2011 6:20 PM

    This is a joke, right?. So basically, u should yell as “Fore” to make sure an opposing player is looking before u hit him?

  10. moerawn says: Dec 8, 2011 6:36 PM

    It’s outrageous, egregious, preposterous!–Jackie Childs

  11. sbxxix says: Dec 8, 2011 6:41 PM

    I just puked a little. This is BS. Lingerie football is way more physical than the NFL now since they have all these sensitive fines

  12. sbxxix says: Dec 8, 2011 6:43 PM

    They should just turn the NFL into NFFL National Flag Football League because that’s the direction they’re headed towards. I want to see the long ball as much as the next person but I don’t want the nasty hit to go away either. Without the nasty hits the long balls just aren;t as exciting.

  13. howley1 says: Dec 8, 2011 7:00 PM

    Why u no keep ur head on a swivel? 0_o

    #1 rule of teh fooseball, stressed by every coach from pee wee to the pro’s.

  14. romoscollarbone says: Dec 8, 2011 7:13 PM

    With that fine, I made more money than Chapas last week. Oh Man, it just needs to be a percentage, unless it’s helmet to helmet, then just make it a standard framework, for 1st, 2nd, 3rd infractions, and carry on. The fines feel so arbitrary it’s wild.

  15. dempsey63 says: Dec 8, 2011 7:20 PM

    In other words, Warren Sapp should be fined retroactively for rearranging Chad Clifton’s pelvic bones.

  16. dempsey63 says: Dec 8, 2011 7:24 PM

    fin72 says:

    Do you know how many bottles of Rogaine $20,000 can buy?

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    Having observed Troy Polamalu’s fantastic play on the gridiron, the commissioner might consider Rogaine to be a performance-enhancing substance.

  17. ronaldmexico says: Dec 8, 2011 7:27 PM

    A fine of more than 90% of his game check for a legal hit is over the top. After taxes and this fine, Chapas came out of the game with a lower net worth than he had prior to kickoff.

  18. jagerbmb says: Dec 8, 2011 7:33 PM

    This is a BS fine… First off it’s his first game ever, that means first penalty ever right? And they’re going to fine him 20k of his 22k game check? Get real.

    Players/Teams should be penalized on the field for breaking the rules. They do that every Sunday. IMO the only time a player should be fined afterwards, is when it is a gross violation of the rules.

    For example, not many could argue with Suh being flagged in the game, and paying afterwards. That deserved an additional penalty.

    A player landing a good shot that was NOT FLAGRANT should not be fined unless he is a repeat offender. The entire NFL fining system is out of control. Let them play and if they cross a boundary, then fine them. Not this BS we see all the time now.

  19. tuckyous says: Dec 8, 2011 7:38 PM

    FINES SHOULD = PERCENTAGE BASED ON SALARY NOT SET AMOUNT.

    NFLPA fail for not addressing this simple issue.

  20. fastspecv says: Dec 9, 2011 8:40 AM

    So the NFL is telling us that a legal hit that didn’t draw a flag is worth a $20k fine but wearing different colored cleats, and ending a persons season are worth $7.5k a piece. In the words of Dr. Evil, “rrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrright”

  21. irishnativeson says: Dec 9, 2011 3:05 PM

    I wonder what they would have fined Steve Largent after Atwater blew him up in their first meeting of the season then he get’s an absolutely clean, blindside, decleater on Atwater in their second meeting?

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