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Von Miller, Patrick Chung, Kenny Phillips fined $7,500 each

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Three NFL players have been given $7,500 fines for actions during the divisional round of the playoffs: Broncos linebacker Von Miller, Patriots safety Patrick Chung and Giants safety Kenny Phillips.

Miller won’t be happy about his fine, which came for a late hit against the Patriots. He went on Twitter after Saturday’s game and defended what he had done.

“Was not a cheap shot, hit was totally legal, Play wasn’t over, I could’ve loafed and said game over, but I didn’t,” Miller wrote. “Never quit, never give up.”

Chung was flagged for unnecessary roughness at the end of a Willis McGahee run on Saturday.

Phillips was fined for a hit to the head of a defenseless receiver, but don’t expect him to change the way he hits on Sunday against the 49ers. Phillips told Newsday that during Sunday’s win over the Packers, he could see that Green Bay’s receivers were worried about getting hit, and he wants the 49ers’ receivers to feel the same way.

We definitely want to be physical from the very start of the game,” Phillips said.

Even if it costs him $7,500.

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49 Responses to “Von Miller, Patrick Chung, Kenny Phillips fined $7,500 each”
  1. westmantooth says: Jan 20, 2012 5:58 PM

    One of these days, New England is going to run up the score and the cheap shot will be on Brady. It will be career over, and the Patriots will look an awful lot like the Browns for the next 10 years.

    Not hating, just saying.

  2. fittytuckin says: Jan 20, 2012 6:01 PM

    Why doesn’t Donte Whitner get fined for his hit on Pierre Thomas?

  3. bigtganks says: Jan 20, 2012 6:02 PM

    Hate the patriots and donks (raider fan) but that was cheap. Who cares if the play is still going. There are countless cheap shots when the play is still going. He hit a dude directly from behind who was basically stopped as the ball had stopped, then jams the other guy in the facemask.

    Bush league Von, and you’ll get yours… Can hardly wait til you two meet next year…

  4. tcostant says: Jan 20, 2012 6:06 PM

    Osi didn’t get fined for his hit to the head on Rodgers? Oh yeah, the ref blew that one. I think Osi should get $7,500 from the NFL for blowing the call.

  5. th86cj7 says: Jan 20, 2012 6:06 PM

    Its the NFL, not high-school, man up, its the nfl it is professional athletes getting paid millions to play, if you d ok nt want them scoring, heres an idea…….Stop Them, stop bitching, that game could have been 70 to 10

  6. thinwhiteduke76 says: Jan 20, 2012 6:06 PM

    Welcome to the National Fine League…

  7. bpaze says: Jan 20, 2012 6:06 PM

    What a joke, Phillips definitely deserved a fine but there were at least 2 late hits on Manning in that game not to mention a helmet to helmet spear on one of the late hits.

    Just goes to show these fines are arbitrary and the NFL rather cover up bad no call by the referees than to actually care about the purpose of the rule.

  8. axltcu says: Jan 20, 2012 6:08 PM

    Von Miller needs to review the rule book.

  9. profootballwalk says: Jan 20, 2012 6:12 PM

    I had no idea Von Miller was a punk. Now I do. The play is over, and you push a guy from behind? The funny thing is that after he did it, he got crushed by Patriots players.

  10. macbull says: Jan 20, 2012 6:13 PM

    Fix the helmets…

    Time to improve the safety qualities of football helmets by adding a layer of padding to the outside of the helmet.

    It has been done by various NFL players over the last 40 years…AND IT WORKED !!!!!

    Willie Lanier’s helmet had a strip of foam running front to back after he suffered a career threatening concussion, when Lanier was a rookie. He wore that helmet the rest of his Hall of Fame career….BECAUSE IT WORKED!!!!

    Mark Kelso, Bills safety and Steve Wallace, 49ers All Pro offensive tackle…both wore a layer of foam padding that covered the outside of their helmets…and IT WORKED FOR THEM TOO!!!

    Wouldn’t it be great if football players at every level had a safer helmet?….a helmet that has proved to be safer than the rock hard plastic helmets that have been worn by football players for the last 50 yrs or longer?

    The problem is the helmets worn today are not safe enough to protect football players from the PeeWee level to the Pros…

    …FIX THE HELMETS…stop the fines!!!!

  11. Brantley says: Jan 20, 2012 6:14 PM

    Miller blatantly hit a guy in the back who was 20-30 yards behind the play. I don’t care if the play is still going on or not, intentionally hitting a guy in the back is most certainly a cheap shot.

    Bush League!!

  12. kya_tropic_fan says: Jan 20, 2012 6:15 PM

    Westmantooth, are you trying to insinuate the Pats ran up the score on the Broncos???? That would be completely absurd. They scored 10 points in the second half, and punted on 3rd down…what more do they need to do? Should they take 3 knees and punt starting in the 3rd quarter???

    Anyways, aside from the fact that New England could have scored 70 if they wanted to, Miller has absolutely no leg to stand on. He took a blind side cheap shot, at the conclusion of the play, 25 yards away from the play. The nfl has cracked down on hits like that away from the play. Not saying nfl is right or wrong , but there really is no way of arguing the fine. He is lucky it wasnt more considering the melee it started. I am sure it is no coincidence that a fight started after the play, if you are Miller, and you are getting your ass handed to you, what better revenge than to start a fight, and get several Patriots suspended for the AFCC Game…

  13. jakek2 says: Jan 20, 2012 6:15 PM

    I’m a Giants’ fan and don’t hate the Pats whatsoever (how could I right?). That said, Brady deserved a big-time blow to the head after that look-at-me-I-can-punt-too nonsense late in the game. Miller should have roughed the “kicker” on that play just to send a message.

  14. stro210 says: Jan 20, 2012 6:25 PM

    @ bpaze

    Althought I’m a giants homer, I completely agree with you. But that goes to show you how the refs are out to get us. 5 blown calls in that game.

    @ fittytuckin

    Whitner won’t get fined, Pierre Thomas was considered a runner and wasn’t defenseless; it was legal.

  15. childressrulz says: Jan 20, 2012 6:28 PM

    Phillips’s fine should be a lot more than that.

  16. melikefootball says: Jan 20, 2012 6:35 PM

    Yet no fines to Ravens with all the late head butts and pushing players in the ground. What was I thinking that is Ray Ray’s team.

  17. enx31 says: Jan 20, 2012 6:47 PM

    @westmantooth One day your team might be good. BTW, Brady already got his cheap shot and several others.

    Hate on, Pats are on the way to another ring. Maybe instead of taking time on crap like this, you might actually spend the time rooting for your team. Oh wait….

  18. broncosfan29 says: Jan 20, 2012 6:47 PM

    i think von miller was pissed because the patriots punted on 3rd down. i thought that was pretty cheap doing that. like an earlier post said, one of these days someone will take a cheap shot on brady for running up the score. why was he even in the game when they were up by 35 points? and still passing the ball

  19. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 20, 2012 6:49 PM

    “jakek2 says:
    Jan 20, 2012 6:15 PM
    I’m a Giants’ fan and don’t hate the Pats whatsoever (how could I right?). That said, Brady deserved a big-time blow to the head after that look-at-me-I-can-punt-too nonsense late in the game. Miller should have roughed the “kicker” on that play just to send a message.”

    If you had bothered listening to Belichik’s post game presser he said they did that to protect Brady from the 3rd down pass rush they expected. And Brady wasn’t the one that called the play. It was to ensure he didn’t get a hit that injured him late in the game.

    I suppose they could have knelt down on 3rd down but wouldn’t that have been truly insulting with that much time left in the game ?

  20. enx31 says: Jan 20, 2012 6:51 PM

    @jakek2

    must be a true football fan to wish injury on one of the greatest of all time.

    plus, Brady was out, and we went 11-5. lol. wtb actual football knowledge on PFT

  21. vuudu says: Jan 20, 2012 6:56 PM

    Why are Giants talking soo much? Hubris cometh before the fall. …

  22. mornelithe says: Jan 20, 2012 6:58 PM

    Let me get this out of the way first, Pats fan.

    Now, Chung’s hit was certainly excessive, as the guy was already out of bounds, so he deserved the penalty absolutely. The fine is up to the league, and honestly, I’d say it was deserved as well, he shouldn’t have done it, and I’m sure he regrets it.

    Von Miller clearly cheap-shotted someone, and he should own up to it. You can call punting on 3rd down cheap, or you could remember the Pats were up by 35, and basically just playing around on field at that point to avoid the ‘running up the score’ whining that typically happens after the game. Remember, they took damn near 2 entire quarters off in that game.

    Now, why did Brady punt? Maybe because it was a frigid night, the Bronco’s were showing blitz, and rather than move the ball closer to the endzone (they could’ve kept going after the half, you all know it), they simply got rid of the ball and kept the blitz from contacting Brady. Smart move. Wouldn’t say cheap, why would anyone think that? He could’ve just hit Gronk, Welker, Hernandez or Branch and gotten another TD. I guess I’m just not familiar with the unwritten etiquette of Football, so my apologies if I’m not understanding something here.

    Didn’t see the other hit that was fined here, so no opinion whatsoever. But, Miller and Chung certainly had it coming.

  23. backindasaddle says: Jan 20, 2012 7:00 PM

    I can not stand this BS. It’s football! Violence is intrinsically a part of the game. Trying to fine players into playing “kinder & gentler” is just plain ugly. It’s like castrating a beautiful studding horse….. It’s like forcing a super model to wear a burka and drab baggy robes…. It’s like painting a Ferrari battleship gray….. It’s like telling The Who to turn it down…. It’s like putting a governor on a classic muscle car…. It’s like sucking the passion out ones love of life.

    If there’s a penalty on the field, then blow the whistle and call it a damn penalty. Done/Case closed.

  24. bigperm33 says: Jan 20, 2012 7:07 PM

    The Chung fine is absurd. It was a penalty. It was a late hit. I thought the purpose of fines was for player safety, not to stop penalties? Penalties will happen and they have in-game punishment. We don’t need Lord Goodell fining players for flags. The same goes for the Von Miller play. Even if it was a late hit, it was a late hit after the whistle. It wasn’t a helmet to helmet, it wasn’t leaving your feet to hit a defenseless player. It was just a penalty. Stop these absurd fines.

  25. backindasaddle says: Jan 20, 2012 7:09 PM

    westmantooth says:

    One of these days, New England is going to run up the score and the cheap shot will be on Brady. It will be career over, and the Patriots will look an awful lot like the Browns for the next 10 years.

    Not hating, just saying.

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

    Hmmm…. Apparently, somebody is frustrated, jealous and envious of the Patriots success. Fact is that Brady was already “cheap shotted” by Bernard Pollard who destroyed his knee and Brady lost an entire season. BTW… the Pats went 11-5 that season anyway and of course the Pats are now again… as always… back in the hunt for another Lombardi Trophy.

    Not hating, just saying.

  26. westmantooth says: Jan 20, 2012 7:15 PM

    Pollard’s hit was clean…

  27. enx31 says: Jan 20, 2012 7:43 PM

    westmantooth says:
    Jan 20, 2012 7:15 PM
    Pollard’s hit was clean

    wrong. cheap players make cheap hits. so what does that make you? watch out for the Ravens D, wouldn’t be surprised if they did the same. “i’m retiring, why not retire someone else” -T.Sizz

  28. mornelithe says: Jan 20, 2012 7:50 PM

    @ Westmantooth: I realize you’re trying to goad people into getting pissed, but even Brady called it clean. So, way to state the obvious.

  29. 9ersfaithful says: Jan 20, 2012 7:51 PM

    Why are people so mad about the Patriots “running up the score”? Do teams normally bench starters in THE PLAYOFFS? The idea shouldn’t even need to come up. If the 9ers are being crushed by the Giants on Sunday, I don’t expect them to sit Eli Manning. I think the game will be a close one, but it’s the playoffs. A starter sitting down because the game is completely out of hand should never occur.

  30. broncosfan29 says: Jan 20, 2012 7:56 PM

    Why was Brady even playing in the 4th quarter????

  31. gcsuk says: Jan 20, 2012 8:25 PM

    vuudu says:
    Jan 20, 2012 6:56 PM
    Why are Giants talking soo much? Hubris cometh before the fall. …
    ———————————————————
    Why are the Giants talking sooo much? Because reporters are asking them questions. You have to realize that there are probably 10-12 beat reporters on the NY Post ALONE, writing stories about the Giants at this point. Add in all the other NY papers, radio stations, TV, etc…

    I realize that a lot of people think the Giants get too much press, but the fact is New York IS the media capital of the US (if not the world). It only makes sense that every player on that team is getting hounded, just because there are so many reporters looking for a new “angle”.

    Believe me, if it was the “New York 49ers”, Kendall Hunter and Ted Ginn would be getting just as much press.

  32. imbetterthanyou says: Jan 20, 2012 9:38 PM

    Vuudu…seriously? Clearly you are stupid. He was asked a question in an interview and answered by saying they want to be physical. That’s a lot of smack talk right there!! I guess the niners are all saints and everything, you know, not praying to play the giants and not preplanning championship parties. If this is what it takes niners fans to get pumped for a big game, pretending normal quotes are smack talk, then I guess it’s been a loooong time since they have been winners.

  33. bertilfox says: Jan 20, 2012 9:59 PM

    Just Roger taking his tribute from his underlings…

    “Continuing the play? Eff you, pay me. You didn’t hit him in the head? Eff you, pay me. You weren’t out of bounds? Eff you, PAY ME,! Chumps….heh, heh, heh.”

  34. maddenisfordorks says: Jan 20, 2012 10:19 PM

    We need to have computers and robots officiate the game, and every time some kind of rule is broken – pay comes right out of these guys’ bank accounts and into a pre-selected charity in the city in which the game is played.

    That way, everybody wins. The game stays exciting, charitable donations galore, and there will be no more human error on the officiating.

    Then, give Tebow his own network to get the insanity confined to one TV station.

  35. jpak12 says: Jan 20, 2012 10:21 PM

    So The Patriots keeps scoring on teams all you hear is crying how dare they run up the score, completely ignoring the fact that this is professional football and the guys on the defense get paid millions to stop them, its not the Pats job to motivate and make the opposition feel good about themselves.

    Then instead of moving the ball and scoring the Pats literally just give the ball to the Broncos on third down and now that is wrong.

    lol What are the Patriots supposed to do go and place the ball in the endzone for the defence to pick up?

  36. ktfulmer says: Jan 20, 2012 10:41 PM

    Von should have roughed the punter.

  37. situsavaisprier says: Jan 20, 2012 11:06 PM

    gcsuk says:
    Jan 20, 2012 8:25 PM
    vuudu says:
    Jan 20, 2012 6:56 PM
    Why are Giants talking soo much? Hubris cometh before the fall. …
    ———————————————————
    Why are the Giants talking sooo much? Because reporters are asking them questions. You have to realize that there are probably 10-12 beat reporters on the NY Post ALONE, writing stories about the Giants at this point. Add in all the other NY papers, radio stations, TV, etc…

    I realize that a lot of people think the Giants get too much press, but the fact is New York IS the media capital of the US (if not the world). It only makes sense that every player on that team is getting hounded, just because there are so many reporters looking for a new “angle”.

    Believe me, if it was the “New York 49ers”, Kendall Hunter and Ted Ginn would be getting just as much press.

    Thanks a lot gcsuk, I was wondering when someone would bring that up. People on here just keep saying “Giants can’t stop talking” and have no idea the kind of market NY is. Not even to mention the amount of Press Giants receive. As of now, Antrel Rolle and Brandon Jacobs can tell you what they had for breakfast and it would somehow be made into a juicy story. Perhaps they eat a light breakfast and the Media turns it into not needing anything strong to take on the next opponent.

    Just like hardly anything was mentioned about Richard Seymour saying that the Patriots were outplayed and outcoached. However, practically the whole country heard all about Tiki barber and Jeremy Shockey saying it.

  38. patsfan22 says: Jan 20, 2012 11:26 PM

    Why was Brady even playing in the 4th quarter????
    —————————————————-

    So that Brady doesn’t come out rusty against the Ravens like Rodgers did against the giants, we had a bye week so you don’t want to sit your starters after one half.

  39. nfl1818 says: Jan 20, 2012 11:36 PM

    Pats could have run on third down. I thought the punt was a little obnoxious, but please, if we are going to argue about running up the score, can we also include Brees and Rodgers in this discussion ?

  40. nfl1818 says: Jan 20, 2012 11:38 PM

    oh, and can we fine the Bronco who came in late, dived and speared Gronk after 4 other Broncos had finally dragged him down – Gronk didn’t flinch but still.

  41. jshutches says: Jan 20, 2012 11:54 PM

    So they punted on third down to protect Brady from the third down pass rush? You were up by 35 pts, why was Brady in the game? Why were you still thinking about passing the ball? That’s a laughable justification for punting the ball on third down.

  42. mornelithe says: Jan 21, 2012 3:08 AM

    @ Broncosfan29: Coaches rarely sit starters during Playoff games. Regular season and pre-season absolutely, but playoff games not so much.

  43. bigbluefan1 says: Jan 21, 2012 8:02 AM

    NO fines for the late hits on Eli?
    NO fines for the blind mice that gave the Packers 2 TD’s?

    Worst game ever if that was soccer game in England those refs would not have made it home that night. Not saying that is the answer but lucky for Giants they could over come the homer refs and kick the packers back to past.

    Title town my butt

  44. 49erstim says: Jan 21, 2012 8:32 AM

    @fittytuckin (awesome name btw!) the hit by DG was considered clean because he went low and Pierre Thomas went down to meet him. He was not going for a head shot.

  45. chachooga says: Jan 21, 2012 8:52 AM

    Von Miller is a stand up guy….excellent LB and a huge part of DEN surge, even injured.

    His hit was during live play, though could’ve been a clip. It was the dirty NE players that escalated the situation when you look at replay.

    I am surprised he got fined for that. Seems more off of the fact it was late in a blow out, than the illegality of the hit.

    Lame if you ask me.

  46. gosox2673 says: Jan 21, 2012 9:05 AM

    broncosfan29 says:
    Jan 20, 2012 7:56 PM

    Why was Brady even playing in the 4th quarter????
    ————————————————

    Why was Tebow even playing in the 1st quarter????

    fixed that for ya.

  47. chrisexv6 says: Jan 21, 2012 9:51 AM

    Wait, no fine for Osi’s blow to the head on Rodgers?

    Im shocked.

  48. blspears says: Jan 21, 2012 9:52 AM

    Fine them for playing football. Roger Goodell’s weekly chastising of people playing real football, thank you for ruining the sport we love.

  49. damnyankee13 says: Jan 22, 2012 1:05 PM

    If the Pats get lucky with their,umm, greatest qb of all time, thomasina brady , they will get BEAT AGAIN by the Ny Giants. AGAIN!!.The niners are nada but a warmup game, the more muddy the better!!.

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