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NFL fines Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie $21,000

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Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie thought his hit on Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich was clean. But the NFL disagreed.

Rodgers-Cromartie was fined $21,000 for unnecessary roughness, the league office confirmed to PFT today. In the view of the league, Rodgers-Cromartie unnecessarily struck Leftwich in the head and neck area while Leftwich was considered a defenseless player.

The fine amount of $21,000 represents a 5 percent increase over the $20,000 fine that a similar hit would have drawn last season. Article 46 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement states, “The designated minimum fines will increase by 5% for the 2012 League Year, and each League Year thereafter during the term of this Agreement.”

Although Rodgers-Cromartie didn’t think he did anything wrong, the rules are clear that a player cannot initiate unnecessary contact against an opponent in the act of throwing a pass or just after throwing a pass, and so it’s no surprise that Rodgers-Cromartie was fined.

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65 Responses to “NFL fines Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie $21,000”
  1. randallflagg52 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:45 PM

    How dare you play defensive football!

  2. huskersrock1 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:46 PM

    That would have taken care of one of his babies for one year. This money, in the end, will come straight from the taxpayer, if not now, later.

  3. cappa662 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:46 PM

    I dislike the Eagles, but I saw nothing wrong with that hit.

  4. eagleswin says: Aug 17, 2012 3:46 PM

    The replacement refs got it correct despite what Dominque-Cromartie thinks.

    Of course if he doesn’t agree with the commisioner’s decision he can always sue the league.

  5. mungman69 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:46 PM

    Why don’t they play two hand touch?

  6. blackandbluedivision says: Aug 17, 2012 3:46 PM

    Dear Mr. Rodgers-Cromartie,

    the hit was NOT clean.

    I have spoken!

    ~ The Commish.

  7. lilrob10201 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:47 PM

    That is kind of allot for his first offence.

  8. seanb20124 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:50 PM

    What’s the NFL thinking don’t day know he has kids.

  9. scubasteve12 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:51 PM

    How many eagles fans want to brag how they got this guy from AZ? Kolb and a 2nd rounder?

    Yep you must be proud of this one.

  10. mancave001 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:51 PM

    It wasn’t clean, though it wasn’t egregious and outrageous either. $21,000 is an absurd fine for a first offense, especially considering the circumstances. Leftwich was on the run and out of the pocket. DRC led with the shoulder, with most of the contact coming to Leftwich’s shoulder (though there was some helmet as well). The launching was the issue.

    It was definitely a penalty and I can understand it being fineable. But $21K? Come on.

  11. randy8123 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:56 PM

    @huskersrock1

    Yeah… pretty sure you mean Antonio.

  12. bluefan204 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:56 PM

    He left his feet and launched at the QB. To those of you who think its ok, I question how long you’ve been watching the game. It has never been considered a legal action. The rule has been changed recently, but launching has never been something that was tolerated without a penalty of some sort

    Rule 12, Section 2, Article 8:

    (i) if a player illegally launches into a defenseless opponent. It is an illegal launch if a playyer (1) leaves both feet prior to contact to spring forward and upward into his opponent, and (2) uses any part of his helmet (including the top/crown and forehead/”hairline” parts) to initiate forcible contact against any part of his opponent’s body.

  13. crapboys says: Aug 17, 2012 3:57 PM

    Huskersrock1

    Really?! The taxpayers!? C’mon dude.

    This rule is and always will be a judgement call. Sucks for Cromartie. He should be angry at DeMau for negotiating such a crappy CBA.

  14. narfmoo12 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:57 PM

    huskersrock1 says:
    Aug 17, 2012 3:46 PM
    That would have taken care of one of his babies for one year. This money, in the end, will come straight from the taxpayer, if not now, later.
    —————————

    Thinking of Antonio Cromartie?

  15. bennyb82 says: Aug 17, 2012 4:00 PM

    To the posters making comments about his number of kids, you are mocking the wrong cromartie…

  16. steelersownyou says: Aug 17, 2012 4:01 PM

    Now what his 9 kids to 7 baby mommas gonna do? This was black on black crime. 21 thousand. Cut a brutha a break. See what had happened was I launched myself in the air with the crown of my helmet at a helpless QB. Now of that was Tebow I woulda refrained cuz I be scared of that white boy. He run at me I move a side and let the man go through!

  17. insanelomein2 says: Aug 17, 2012 4:01 PM

    huskersrock1 says:
    Aug 17, 2012 3:46 PM
    That would have taken care of one of his babies for one year. This money, in the end, will come straight from the taxpayer, if not now, later.
    ————————————————-

    Wrong Cromartie, nice try though

  18. cbass59 says: Aug 17, 2012 4:02 PM

    If he hit Tom Brady like that, he’d get a year suspension.

    You cannot launch yourself into a QB. No head shots for QBs. It’s pretty clear and easy to understand.

  19. Maximus Decimus Meridius says: Aug 17, 2012 4:02 PM

    Should have been at least a three game suspension.

  20. jerseybaron says: Aug 17, 2012 4:02 PM

    Here’s the latest, we will now start watching “soft touch” (flag) football. The use of both hands are required. One is insufficient. There will be no body to body contact (x-rated). The silk towel must be removed from the waist for a down to be over.

    Now let’s all enjoy a little mini contact football.

  21. rodgers419 says: Aug 17, 2012 4:04 PM

    Although Rodgers-Cromartie didn’t think he did anything wrong, the rules are clear that a player cannot initiate unnecessary contact against an opponent in the act of throwing a pass or just after throwing a pass, and so it’s no surprise that Rodgers-Cromartie was fined.
    -

    The rules are clear. So throw a flag and be done with it. Hits are apart of the game. What do you want next, to fine the OL for holding calls? DB’s for PI’s?

  22. granadafan says: Aug 17, 2012 4:04 PM

    Don’t worry, he’ll get the money back when he sues the NFL for concussions a few years from now. Everyone else is doing it, why not Dominique?

  23. rc33 says: Aug 17, 2012 4:05 PM

    In Cromartie math that amounts to what, $175.00 a child?

  24. fmwarner says: Aug 17, 2012 4:05 PM

    huskersrock1 says: Aug 17, 2012 3:46 PM

    That would have taken care of one of his babies for one year. This money, in the end, will come straight from the taxpayer, if not now, later.
    ===============================

    Wrong Cromartie.

    Also, if there was no mention of launching, and they instead focused on the hit to the head, then the fine is BS. Because he didn’t, you know, hit him in the head.

  25. ralolawson says: Aug 17, 2012 4:06 PM

    @ huskersrock1. I think you are speaking about the wrong Cromartie. The one with all the kids plays for the Jets, not the Eagles.

  26. goeagles55 says: Aug 17, 2012 4:06 PM

    @huskersrock1

    Wrong Cromartie. Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie’s second cousin, Antonio Cromartie, is the father of ten kids with eight different mothers.

  27. whythecardinals says: Aug 17, 2012 4:07 PM

    Pity he never laid a hit like that in Arizona… but that he did, he probably was hurt more than Leftwich… wathout Eagles fans… he is not a hitter… there’s a reason this was his first (and last) offense… PS: are you interested in Mr Kolb for that new young guy, you’ve got… we’ll give you Kevin and our 2035 second rounder…

  28. 808raiderinparadise says: Aug 17, 2012 4:08 PM

    They should just fine Kolb, just because.

  29. whythecardinals says: Aug 17, 2012 4:11 PM

    @ seanb… yep, the league knows he has kids… I’m sure Byron Leftwich is very important to them…..

  30. phillyphever says: Aug 17, 2012 4:11 PM

    1) Wrong Cromartie. The one with the kid issues plays for the Jets.

    2) As for this Cromartie: just shut up and pay the fine.

  31. Steeley McBeam says: Aug 17, 2012 4:14 PM

    21 grand is the minimum fine for first time offenders so it was either 21,000 or 0. As a Steelers fan I disagree with fining players for hits so can’t say I’m happy with the ruling, however if they are going to fine players for illegal hits DRCs certainly was justified

  32. cardiovascularendurance says: Aug 17, 2012 4:15 PM

    scubasteve- sure, I’ll take you up on that one. The Eagles completely and totally fleeced AZ on that trade, even with a week 1 preseason fine by DRC. Along with DRC, a pro bowl CB despite the fact that he’s a bit dumb (not unlike many, many other NFL players) and that he incurred a fine in the first week of the preseason, the Eagles received a 2nd round pick. They used this pick on DE Vinny Curry and CB Brandon Boykin, who both look to get significant playing time. 3 guys that get significant playing time are much more valuable than one that gets none, especially when they come at a fraction of the cost.

  33. cowboysallday says: Aug 17, 2012 4:15 PM

    I’ve gotta say this is the one fine I agree with. That hit was really unnecessary especially for a preseason game

  34. greymares says: Aug 17, 2012 4:22 PM

    Fine him O.K., I’m just happy he hit somebody.

  35. philyeagles5 says: Aug 17, 2012 4:28 PM

    im sure he got fined for launching

  36. theboysofdallas says: Aug 17, 2012 4:29 PM

    Good he deserves it

  37. randy8123 says: Aug 17, 2012 4:29 PM

    scubasteve12 says:
    Aug 17, 2012 3:51 PM
    How many eagles fans want to brag how they got this guy from AZ? Kolb and a 2nd rounder?

    Yep you must be proud of this one.

    ———————————

    Huh? The Eagles received a second rounder, they didn’t give one up. And Kolb is terrible. Even if DRC gets burned for three scores week one and never sees the field again Philly flat out robbed the Cards.

  38. eaglesfan94 says: Aug 17, 2012 4:29 PM

    The Case of the Mistaken Cromartie

  39. Steeler's Will-enator says: Aug 17, 2012 4:29 PM

    I laughed hard at fifty percent of the comments talking about DRC’s 9 children. Wrong Cromartie guys, troll elsewhere.

  40. ironmaiden666666 says: Aug 17, 2012 4:31 PM

    10 times more flagrant than James Harrison on McColt…. the only difference is the relative power and size of the parties involved.

  41. arnoldziffel says: Aug 17, 2012 4:42 PM

    Now that the self-proclaimed “second-best-receiver” on the Jets is going to be playing a little offense this year, it will be quite interesting to watch him run across the middle and stretch-out to catch a slightly off-target pass from Mr. Sanchez, or a slightly more-off-target pass from Mr. Tebow, and then be on the receiving end of a bone crushing hit from some mutant linebacker who had a 10-yard run at him.

    Perhaps his definition of a “clean, legal hit” will be slightly altered when he’s lying on the ground, looking through the ear hole of his helmet.

  42. hollywoodhulkhogansays says: Aug 17, 2012 4:42 PM

    1,000 for every touchdown Garcon, Santana, Hankerson, Davis or Morgan catches as the Redskins sweep the Eagles brother.

  43. des2brich21 says: Aug 17, 2012 4:44 PM

    Shoulder pad in the chest $21,000 for the hit! Wow!

  44. narutofan10 says: Aug 17, 2012 4:45 PM

    >I saw nothing wrong with that hit.

    Really? Planting and launching straight for the head? Nothing wrong? Really? Really?…C’MON MAN!

  45. narutofan10 says: Aug 17, 2012 4:47 PM

    “Here’s the latest, we will now start watching “soft touch” (flag) football. The use of both hands are required. One is insufficient. There will be no body to body contact (x-rated). The silk towel must be removed from the waist for a down to be over.

    Now let’s all enjoy a little mini contact football.”
    ========================================================================

    I find it hilarious people think it will go that far. Reducing injury makes it worse?

  46. laeaglefan says: Aug 17, 2012 4:49 PM

    $21K to these guys is like Starbucks money to the rest of us. Its not like DRC’s family is going to be starving.

  47. checkforecheck says: Aug 17, 2012 4:55 PM

    I always wonder “can people really be that stupid?” after reading some of these comments on posts. Now, after seeing how many people barely read the article, saw the name Cromartie and thought it was that thing they saw on Hard Knocks two years ago, the answer is clear.

    Where are you guys and your smart mouths now, after a boatload of people called you out? Momma called for dinner I guess.

  48. theuglitruth says: Aug 17, 2012 5:02 PM

    Seriously…do some of these guys even know players on other teams. But, sure enough if you ask them about something football related, they think they know everything! Lol.

  49. checkforecheck says: Aug 17, 2012 5:02 PM

    Hey Hogan, eventually you’ll get as tired of your schtick as everyone else is of it. Go get some fresh air and realize how terrible your team is. Get over it.

  50. insanelomein2 says: Aug 17, 2012 5:03 PM

    After thinking about the situation and the fine, I still feel the Eagles are better off with a CB taking a 21K fine for excessive hit than a CB (Asante Samuel) who is afraid of contact.

  51. youalldrinkhaterade says: Aug 17, 2012 5:07 PM

    Any of you ever wonder how old school football guys, and even players who played until just a few years ago feel about the league now?

    Those guys played the football we all love, I’m afraid we have all just forgotten about that game.

    I, like all of you will never stop watching, but damn, it’s hard to watch sometimes.

  52. frankfordyellowjackets says: Aug 17, 2012 5:07 PM

    He left his feet but led with the shoulder. $21,000 is excessive.

  53. insanelomein2 says: Aug 17, 2012 5:11 PM

    hollywoodhulkhogansays says:
    Aug 17, 2012 4:42 PM
    1,000 for every touchdown Garcon, Santana, Hankerson, Davis or Morgan catches as the Redskins sweep the Eagles brother.
    ————————————————
    After reading the list of that receiving corps i’m sure every defensive secondary is fearing the week they play the Redskins.

    Were you laughing as hard typing those names as I was when I was reading them?

  54. stevepea says: Aug 17, 2012 5:33 PM

    I guess I just don’t see him as a “defenseless player”.
    Maybe they should just put flags on the quarterback.

  55. ruggerlad says: Aug 17, 2012 5:38 PM

    All fans need to boycott week 4 of the preseason. No TV no going to games – until something like this happens Goodell will continue to ruin football.
    Yes the sport is dangerous but there are far far more dangerous jobs that pay far far less. 1 NFL payday could set anyone up for life if not for buying Ferrari’s and mansions. 1 year league minimum is more than many will earn in their entire life.

    Good hit Rogers-Cro

  56. jon623 says: Aug 17, 2012 5:54 PM

    Complete Bush League, Cromartie. Launching yourself at the head of a QB during a preseason game? Inexcusable. I understand that football is a rough and gritty sport, and trust me, I love it… but intentionally aiming at a QB’s head, in the preseason no less, is too much.

  57. udontknowjacku says: Aug 17, 2012 6:13 PM

    Dream Dirty Team

  58. billsfan1122 says: Aug 17, 2012 6:14 PM

    Is the extra $1,000 inflation?

  59. 941bucs says: Aug 17, 2012 6:21 PM

    I watch NFL because those are gladiators on the field, not men. looks like football is becoming a thing of the past. I’m glad I got to watch it while I was growin up, during the peak, and best years of the NFL’s history(80′s to 90′s).

  60. huskersrock1 says: Aug 17, 2012 6:48 PM

    Yea I screwed up, I just noticed it, I am here to man up. My apologies Mr. Cromartie.

  61. eagleswin says: Aug 17, 2012 6:50 PM

    youalldrinkhaterade says:
    Aug 17, 2012 5:07 PM
    Any of you ever wonder how old school football guys, and even players who played until just a few years ago feel about the league now?

    Those guys played the football we all love, I’m afraid we have all just forgotten about that game.

    I, like all of you will never stop watching, but damn, it’s hard to watch sometimes.

    ——————————————

    I know exactly how the old time players feel about the league now. So do you. Just about every retired player alive is suing the league for not protecting them from themselves when they played. They all have their hands out.

    The owners are being sued by the players for allowing the players to play the way they did in the 80′s and 90′s. Every ex-player who hasn’t been able to have success outside of football has blamed football for their failures.

    That’s why football is changing.

  62. cbass59 says: Aug 17, 2012 8:18 PM

    Tom Brady and Aaron Rodger never get up from that hit. That would be the end of double-discount checks (the ugliest white man’s TD dance).

    (and I’m white)

  63. jupitersteel says: Aug 17, 2012 8:36 PM

    if if was brady or rogers he’d be out for the season and 100k

  64. brainfries says: Aug 17, 2012 9:51 PM

    AWESOME hit DRC! Please lay a similar one on Romo during the regular season!

  65. axespray says: Aug 18, 2012 1:49 AM

    Pretty sure Rodgers got right back up from harder hits from Julius Peppers… (one in 2008 and the NFC title hit) …. but then again, Yeah … He’s soft, I know this cause I don’t get hit by all pro defensive players for a living, I just leave comments …ka-durrh1?

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