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Rodgers-Cromartie will soon be hearing from the league

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie AP

During the first quarter of Thursday night’s game between the Steelers and Eagles, Philadelphia cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie launched at Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich, hitting Leftwich in the head after Leftwich had thrown the ball.

Rodgers-Cromartie correctly was flagged for unnecessary roughness.

He soon will correctly be fined.

The launching made the outcome more flagrant than the run-of-the-mill helmet-to-helmet hit on defenseless players.  In fact, it could have justified an ejection.

If the league is serious about removing such dangerous blows from the game, it arguably merits a one-game suspension.

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47 Responses to “Rodgers-Cromartie will soon be hearing from the league”
  1. pacificnw7722 says: Aug 9, 2012 11:33 PM

    DRC was in “kill the head” mode on that play…….

  2. eaglesfan290 says: Aug 9, 2012 11:37 PM

    How many times has James Harrison been suspended for the same thing and he is 100 lbs heavier than DRC?

    Please the system only works if you hand down even justice.

  3. vincentbojackson says: Aug 9, 2012 11:38 PM

    Dude lost his friggin’ mind on that play. Not sure what was more shocking, the blatant head shot or him complaining to the officials about flagging it.

  4. 49erdynasty says: Aug 9, 2012 11:40 PM

    The league has clearly gone too far. The man has kiiidddsss to feed!

  5. whhaaat says: Aug 9, 2012 11:47 PM

    Not that it matters as far as him getting fined, but your description is misleading. Yes he launched into byron leftwich, and he did hit him in the helmet. But he led with his shoulder, and didn’t lead with his helmet as to use it as a weapon. Any contact he made with his helmet to leftwich’s helmet if any was after the main contact was made and of little significance. Nevertheless he probable will be fined for targeting the head.

  6. reaser2 says: Aug 9, 2012 11:56 PM

    Not a man of his or the Eagles, but good to see someone playing football the ways it’s meant to be played, even in the pre-season, well done DRC

  7. scubasteve12 says: Aug 9, 2012 11:56 PM

    any eagles fans want to brag about how they got him from az?

  8. comeonman20 says: Aug 10, 2012 12:00 AM

    There was nothing illegal about that hit

  9. raiderinva says: Aug 10, 2012 12:01 AM

    What a very distinct change in tone with the writing here….

    Every other post has a touch of grey. This one is very black and white, or shall I say black and gold?

  10. eagles7to10 says: Aug 10, 2012 12:03 AM

    Blah blah blah, it’s football, a contact sport. I’m sick of this flag football league the NFL has become!

  11. realitypolice says: Aug 10, 2012 12:07 AM

    And of course the Eagles fans booed when they showed the replay, even though it was the most obviously illegal hit in history.

  12. hcat44 says: Aug 10, 2012 12:09 AM

    His hair makes me want to drink some GREEN SLIMER HI-C Juice Box lol…

    You guys know what im talkin bout right?….

    Anyhow I understand the whole player safety, but football is football mannnn. 5 years ago this play would be on the top plays on Sportscenter

  13. zaggs says: Aug 10, 2012 12:13 AM

    Mike Pereira will now complain that the replacement refs didn’t throw the flag hard enough on the play.

  14. footballhistorian says: Aug 10, 2012 12:21 AM

    The hair in the picture says it all…

  15. eaglestateofmind415 says: Aug 10, 2012 12:36 AM

    I think Rodgers-Cromartie thought he was really green lantern that time!

  16. pftcensorssuck says: Aug 10, 2012 12:37 AM

    whhaaat says:Aug 9, 2012 11:47 PM

    Yes he launched into byron leftwich
    ——————————————————–
    Stop right there.

  17. matthewcarlson1 says: Aug 10, 2012 12:53 AM

    Drew Brees wants an explanation.

  18. doshawnx says: Aug 10, 2012 1:14 AM

    i miss the days when hits like these were praised. i see nothing wrong with what he did.

  19. chademer07 says: Aug 10, 2012 1:19 AM

    “any eagles fans want to brag about how they got him from az?”

    Him and a 2nd for kolb? You tell me who got the better end of the deal…..

  20. 4evrnyt says: Aug 10, 2012 2:33 AM

    Certainly this isn’t the biased opinion of a Steeler’s fan now is it?

  21. mmmpierogi says: Aug 10, 2012 2:43 AM

    comeonman20 says: Aug 10, 2012 12:00 AM

    There was nothing illegal about that hit

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

    (1) Go to:
    http://static.nfl.com/static/content/public/image/rulebook/pdfs/2011_Rule_Book.pdf.

    (2) Do a Ctrl-F and search for “A.R. 12.45″ Read the description.

    Not that hard, is it.

  22. devrick says: Aug 10, 2012 3:07 AM

    A preseason game against a backup QB, and you’ve gotta go for a knockout blow? What an idiot.

  23. jenriquezjr215 says: Aug 10, 2012 3:51 AM

    He DID launch into Byron Leftwich, but as for helmet to helmet, he lead with his shoulder. It was a great hit. They just said something because it was to a QB. Let’s compare the Big Hit in the HOF game on Sunday. Eddie Elder hit Andy Tanner just about the same way. The only difference is that Tanner isn’t a QB and that Elder hit him from the side-back area, instead of straight on. The announcers words after the hit were “What a hit! ….. That is a picture perfect tackle”, whereas for the DRC-Leftwich hit, they said “That kind of play is not talerated int his league.”

  24. phloorioisanarcissist says: Aug 10, 2012 4:15 AM

    Unlikely in ‘todays’ NFL that doesn’t get called,

    that beings said…

    It’s Byron Leftwich…

  25. curtainclosed says: Aug 10, 2012 5:22 AM

    Give me a break. Fire – Starter.

  26. matt2calvin says: Aug 10, 2012 5:41 AM

    Aren’t you going to tell us how well the 3rd tier replacement refs did a wonderful job?

    I didn’t think so….

    Bias much?

  27. haterswelcomed says: Aug 10, 2012 6:11 AM

    If it was Charlie Batch, he would have been decapitated on that play. Eagles always seem to hurt him, poor fella lol

  28. delhommed says: Aug 10, 2012 6:57 AM

    James Harrison thinks that hit was illegal. How more illegal can you get? He might as well had Barry Bonds helping him apply some of the “clear” while standing at the 50 yard line.

  29. cleverbob says: Aug 10, 2012 7:23 AM

    He launched, and although its questionable whether or not he meant to or not, it looked like he lead with his head. Take your lumps and learn from it, DRC.

  30. evilfhud says: Aug 10, 2012 7:27 AM

    The second smartest cromartie….

  31. erick670 says: Aug 10, 2012 7:34 AM

    all u eagle fans need to wake up it was illegal harrison would of been suspended 4 games and fine 100k u guys are mad cause steelers are and always will be THE BEST TEAM IN PA NUFF SAID

  32. sj39 says: Aug 10, 2012 7:59 AM

    “Not a man of his or the Eagles, but good to see someone playing football the ways it’s meant to be played, even in the pre-season, well done DRC”

    The way it’s meant to be played according to who? Some knuckle-dragging, couch potato internet tough guy?

  33. gnutella0 says: Aug 10, 2012 8:24 AM

    Maybe these replacement refs aren’t so bad after all. Apparently they’re not afraid to throw a flag if a Steelers QB gets hit too high, too low or too late.

  34. greymares says: Aug 10, 2012 8:27 AM

    Assante Samuel says: “pay the fine and hit him again like i used to” LOL.

  35. myeaglescantwin says: Aug 10, 2012 8:48 AM

    let me begin by saying, this was a good call / Cromartie deserves fines.

    He blatently launched into Leftwich..

    This was in no way a head shot. Went back to the film & replayed that hit over and over (we have that technology folks).
    Now, i am no scumbag. I was legitamitly trying to see if this punk was dumb enough to deliver a hit like that.

    DRC makes contact with the top of his numbers, which is remarkable close to the helmet. When he hit, Byrons entire helmet flexed forward as his chest crumpled. if this was a head shot, that helmet would have been rocked back back wards. or even side to side…

    Throw the flag, fine him, suspend him. But dont call that a blatant shot to the head.. This was the best example of “LAUNCHING” and what not to do.
    guy is playing like a rookie.

  36. greyhawk9 says: Aug 10, 2012 8:57 AM

    it was not a legal hit! he lead with his head into leftwich’s face. Stupid and unnecessary hits like these are the reasons for all these head injury lawsuits are becoming an everyday part of the nfl. The original goal of tackling in football was not to physically harm someone.. it never was

  37. myeaglescantwin says: Aug 10, 2012 8:57 AM

    the green slimer Hi C juice box ..

    ecto cooler my good dude.

  38. angrycorgi says: Aug 10, 2012 9:29 AM

    Looks like DRC is playing buddy-ball for the iggles…if you can’t beat ‘em…injure ‘em…

  39. realitypolice says: Aug 10, 2012 10:10 AM

    jenriquezjr215 says:
    Aug 10, 2012 3:51 AM
    He DID launch into Byron Leftwich, but as for helmet to helmet, he lead with his shoulder. It was a great hit.
    ===================

    It is completely irrelevant what he “lead with”. It doesn’t have to be helmet to helmet. Number 1- as soon as his feet leave the ground, it’s a penalty. Number 2- his shoulder made clear contact with the QBs head.

    This was not a difficult call.

  40. cashmoneymountain says: Aug 10, 2012 10:13 AM

    Leftwich outweighs DRC by 70 lbs. That’s like a high school freshman launching themselves into a full grown adult – looks bad, but impact is minimal.

    Any hit on a WR over the middle is 10x worse because they can’t defend themselves. Leftwich could have tucked the ball, lowered his shoulder, and swatted DRC off like a gnat. I guess Ronnie Lott will be removed from the Hall of Fame soon because of concussion lawsuits… this game is soft.

  41. hisgirlgotburrelled says: Aug 10, 2012 10:43 AM

    Suggesting an ejection is ridiculous. It was absolutely not helmet-to-helmet. It was his shoulder pad. Yes, by the letter of the law, Byron Leftwich was a defenseless player. And I do not condone DRC leaving his feet. But you know what is even more ridiculous is that Byron Leftwich was out of the pocket and by rule is not a defenseless player. He chose to make himself defenseless right before he knew he was going to get hit. He made an incredibly weak attempt at making a pass, clearly one that was not an attempt to complete the pass or even throw it out of bounds.

  42. kdub79 says: Aug 10, 2012 11:58 AM

    erick670 says:
    Aug 10, 2012 7:34 AM
    all u eagle fans need to wake up it was illegal harrison would of been suspended 4 games and fine 100k u guys are mad cause steelers are and always will be THE BEST TEAM IN PA NUFF SAID

    ——————————————–

    As an Eagles fan I agree that the Steelers are the best team in PA, but I’m certainly not mad about it. As for the hit, what you seem to be forgetting is that Harrison is a repeat offender which is why the penalties are bigger for him. Maybe the 4th or 5th time DRC does this he’ll get what Harrison gets. Nuff said.

  43. whatchutalkinabouthillis says: Aug 10, 2012 1:16 PM

    Yeah even as an Eagles fan I have to admit that hit was dirty as hell. I think that DRC’s hit should be the standard that these unnecessary roughness penalties should be judged by, not the accidental head to head we see flagged most weeks. There should be deliberate intent to aim for the noggin.

  44. mmmpierogi says: Aug 10, 2012 1:52 PM

    hcat44 says: Aug 10, 2012 12:09 AM

    His hair makes me want to drink some GREEN SLIMER HI-C Juice Box lol…

    You guys know what im talkin bout right?….

    Anyhow I understand the whole player safety, but football is football mannnn. 5 years ago this play would be on the top plays on Sportscenter

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

    I basically agree with you. If it had been Harrison or Woodley hitting Vick or Edwards with the same method that Rodgers-Cromartie used in hitting Leftwich, Eagles fans would be flipping out and acting like it was the worst thing that ever happened — that said, I still agree with you.

    As a Steelers fan, I don’t think it was *that* egregious or flagrant on Rodgers-Cromartie’s part — it was more a lack of discipline or inattention. Whether you agree with it or not, though, these guys should know that they’re going to get called for this 99 times out of a 100 right now, given all the attention going to brain trauma and the penalties/fines that have been levied recently. You might not like it, but it is what it is.

  45. brainfries says: Aug 11, 2012 7:09 AM

    Silly to fine a defensive player for hitting hard. The league is turning into powder puff.

  46. bobzilla1001 says: Aug 12, 2012 1:54 AM

    The hit on Leftwich was exactly the same kind of hit James Harrison laid on Colt McCoy last season. Since Harrison was fined, so should Rodgers-Cromartie be fined.
    The difference in the two hits was that Leftwich took it like a man, while little Colt wimpered before he ran home to daddy…
    Steelers fans should hope that Leftwich and/or Charley Batch stay healthy in the preseason. Roethlisberger has never played a 16-game regular season. And with that O-line, he’s not likely to start 16 games this season, either.

  47. mancave001 says: Aug 12, 2012 10:58 PM

    As an Eagles fan, I admit I’m not sure how I’d feel if this was Vick getting hit like that.

    That said, what I saw (after watching several times) was DRC launch, lead with the shoulder, and hit Leftwich mostly in the shoulder (with some incidental helmet contact). At the time, Leftwich was out of the pocket and running around near the line. He looked as if there was a good possibility he was about to pull it down and run.

    The bottom line is that DRC has no history of this kind of hit, and while it rightly drew a flag, I’m not sure about a fine (probably should be..around 5K). Other than that, I think it’s really blown out of proportion.

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