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.

65 responses to “NFL fines Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie $21,000

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.
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    Thinking of Antonio Cromartie?

  7. 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!

  8. 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.
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    Wrong Cromartie, nice try though

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. 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?

  13. 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.
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    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.

  14. @huskersrock1

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

  15. 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…

  16. 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.

  17. 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

  18. 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.

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

  20. 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.

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    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.

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

  22. 10 times more flagrant than James Harrison on McColt…. the only difference is the relative power and size of the parties involved.

  23. 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.

  24. 1,000 for every touchdown Garcon, Santana, Hankerson, Davis or Morgan catches as the Redskins sweep the Eagles brother.

  25. “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.”
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    I find it hilarious people think it will go that far. Reducing injury makes it worse?

  26. 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.

  27. 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.

  28. 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.

  29. 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.

  30. 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.

  31. 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.
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    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?

  32. 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

  33. 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.

  34. 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).

  35. 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.

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    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.

  36. 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)

  37. 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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