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Vikings’ Harrison Smith fined $21,000 for shoulder-to-head hit

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Vikings rookie Harrison Smith just found out that his first weekly NFL paycheck is going to be a lot lighter.

Smith was fined $21,000 for unnecessary roughness in the Vikings’ game against the Chargers, the NFL has confirmed. According to the league office, Smith unnecessarily struck a defenseless player in the head and neck area with his shoulder.

The NFL specifically noted that Harrison’s hit was with his shoulder — not his helmet — but that doesn’t matter. It’s against the rules to use any part of your body to hit an opponent in the head or neck area when he’s considered a defenseless player.

The hit came late in the fourth quarter of the Vikings-Chargers game, when Smith drilled Chargers receiver Mike Willie on a pass over the middle.

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35 Responses to “Vikings’ Harrison Smith fined $21,000 for shoulder-to-head hit”
  1. expodis says: Aug 31, 2012 4:30 PM

    The fact my Vikes have a Safety that was actually in position to hit a player is good enough for me. I’m sure the fans will put a collection together for him just for that fact

  2. mooreman338 says: Aug 31, 2012 4:33 PM

    Well said expodis! About time someone in the secondary gets agressive.

  3. secretbonus1 says: Aug 31, 2012 4:35 PM

    21k on a rookie especially post CBA is like a 120k+ fine for vets. It’s all because the NfL were idiots about concussions so they have to protect themselves.

  4. rexryanschoolofpodiatry says: Aug 31, 2012 4:36 PM

    The NFL really needs to curb these fine amounts. 21k for a rookie and its his first infraction? RIDICULOUS. The NFL is stealing from these guys.

  5. secretbonus1 says: Aug 31, 2012 4:36 PM

    Moving that fast when WR is going up to to catch the ball and you dont know how fast he will come down, the only attempt you can make to avoid it is to move your head

  6. sfsaintsfan says: Aug 31, 2012 4:37 PM

    Probably collected that bounty from the Vikings for the illegal hit also…..

    Team should be fined, they should lose two second round picks, another player should be suspended for the year even though he didn’t do anything and their head coach should be suspended for the year. They preach violence in the Vikings locker room….

    Take your punishment Vikings and don’t complain about it. I have 50,001 pages of “evidence” if you want to see it!

  7. wstover says: Aug 31, 2012 4:37 PM

    This is good news for the Vikings and their fans.

  8. xxwhodatxx says: Aug 31, 2012 4:37 PM

    The NFL has gone waaaay over the top in unnessesary fines, while I didn’t see the hit I’m sure it didn’t call for $21000.

  9. fwippel says: Aug 31, 2012 4:40 PM

    Smith is the first Viking safety to actually be spotted in the vicnity of pass attempt since Darren Sharper about five years ago.

    Hope the guy he hit is alright, but at least the Vikings have a safety who actually may know how to play the position – FINALLY.

  10. getadealdonealready says: Aug 31, 2012 4:40 PM

    I don’t condone injuring players, and the play by play analyst ripped him for going for the hit rather than the ball. However with a secondary that was shaky at best last year, I like having this hit on tape for all the WR’s the vikes play this year so they will know if there are going to catch passes in the middle of the field this year there will be a price to pay for the first time since Joey Browner downed purple and gold.

  11. dladd79 says: Aug 31, 2012 4:40 PM

    Wow! $21k. Playing in the 4th quarter of a pre season game he cant be making too much dough! Dang!

  12. loboviking says: Aug 31, 2012 4:40 PM

    Where EXACTLY does this fine money go? I have heard to charities, but knowing the NFL, I am sure it is not the truth. Goodell, regardless of his intentions has implemented a governing body that cannot be trusted, which always leads to unfortunate consequences. Absolute power corrupts, ABSOLUTELY.

  13. getadealdonealready says: Aug 31, 2012 4:44 PM

    @whodat – heck if he played for your squad the fine would have cancelled out his bounty payment. j/k of course. With that said as a vikings fan it was a pretty bad hit. He left his feet and put a pretty tough hit on a defenseless WR. I don’t know what other fines have been for this……well because I’m a Vikings fan and have never seen anyone fined for this in the past decade. In general I prefer the old days when this was just considered a good football play, but understand the importance of keeping people healthy so with that in mind I’m guessing it was a fair fine.

  14. insanelomein2 says: Aug 31, 2012 4:47 PM

    I propose an odd question.

    If a WR is coming across the middle and DB decides try to tackle him around the legs, the WR hits the DB and tears the ligaments in the DB’s shoulder would that too be fine worthy on the WR part?

  15. deeppurple13 says: Aug 31, 2012 4:48 PM

    Yesss…Vikings might have someone who makes an opposing player think twice in the secondary. Way too long of a time coming. Keep bringing the lumber rookie and your next contract will more than make up for these fines!

  16. mnomalley says: Aug 31, 2012 4:51 PM

    Good thing he’s living in Kyle Rudolphs house (mansion) for now.

  17. antalicus says: Aug 31, 2012 4:53 PM

    That’s pretty ridiculous that the NFL has the power to fine a Rookie such an extreme amount of money on the first offense.

  18. twisteditoff says: Aug 31, 2012 5:00 PM

    thats the kind of hit drew breeze is gona get
    but then he will need a explination

  19. vikes8480 says: Aug 31, 2012 5:01 PM

    sfsaintsfan says: Aug 31, 2012 4:37 PM

    Probably collected that bounty from the Vikings for the illegal hit also…..

    Team should be fined, they should lose two second round picks, another player should be suspended for the year even though he didn’t do anything and their head coach should be suspended for the year. They preach violence in the Vikings locker room….

    Take your punishment Vikings and don’t complain about it. I have 50,001 pages of “evidence” if you want to see it!

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    Get over it, crybaby. Your team broke the rules and continued to break the rules even after the league told them to stop. Noone’s fault but their own. Typical Louisiana ignorance.

  20. mortimeryoung says: Aug 31, 2012 5:03 PM

    Maybe it’s just ’cause he’s named Harrison. Harrisons get fined.

  21. thepvyharvin says: Aug 31, 2012 5:05 PM

    Good for you Harrison! Start laying down the reputation as a hard hitting,heat seeking ball hawk,,,all great safeties have faced the fine monster.

  22. cbt22 says: Aug 31, 2012 5:22 PM

    The hit was flagged and he is getting a 21k fine. That is a little harsh for a rookie that was making a CLEAN play on the ball. I get the rule and the flag but it was the kids first time and does’t deserve a fine this large when it looks like he clearly tried to avoid the helmet to helmet hit too.

  23. davikes says: Aug 31, 2012 5:44 PM

    I saw his explanation in the star trib. Basically he thought he had a shot at the ball and changed his mind at the last moment and went for the player. But he couldn’t get low enough. All that happens in a split second. He knew he might get fined.

    The fines for various infractions are completely inconsistent. I’m surprised the NFLPA didn’t try and negotiate some consistency and fairness into the fines. I think they should all be done on a percentage basis. A fine of 21k is too much for a first time offense by a rookie, but meaningless to James Harrison. How hard can it be to figure this out?

  24. ilovefoolsball says: Aug 31, 2012 6:03 PM

    This should be grounds for at least a 6 game suspension.
    The coach should get at least a year too, and the G.M.
    Just take your punishment Vikings, you did the crime now do the time.

  25. clu1perceiver says: Aug 31, 2012 6:03 PM

    If these players would just go for “center mass” with their hits they could remain effective and less lethal.

  26. titogetmesometissue says: Aug 31, 2012 6:25 PM

    While I’m glad to finally see some aggressive play on the part of our secondary, cheap shots should not be part of the game. This team is going nowhere until they get a decent coaching staff put in place. They need coaches who can control players.

  27. secretbonus1 says: Aug 31, 2012 6:29 PM

    He shouldn’t have even been in the game… But 4th Qtr of meaningless preseason game… what if it had been a player who just made a 5k roster bonus who is probably getting cut? Sorry but you have to come up with more money than you have been given and more than you have n your life? It’s not like he put the hit on Andre Johnson or Calvin Johnson or anyone the NFL really needs to protect.

  28. Frazier28/7 says: Aug 31, 2012 6:35 PM

    That was a clean hit and he shouldn’t be fined.

    What do you do if you can’t get to the ball on time? You hit the receiver legally to make sure he can’t complete the reception.

    The NFL is ruining this game.

    Harrison made a great play and the receiver dropped the pass. He barely hit the guy in the helmet anyway, and it wasn’t even a helmet to helmet hit.

    Great play by the rookie, that’s the way the used to teach it and it gives the Vikings a playmaker at safety for the first time in a long time.

  29. urcrap says: Aug 31, 2012 7:10 PM

    urcrap says:
    Aug 31, 2012 6:45 PM
    sfsaintsfan says:
    Aug 31, 2012 4:37 PM
    Probably collected that bounty from the Vikings for the illegal hit also…..

    Team should be fined, they should lose two second round picks, another player should be suspended for the year even though he didn’t do anything and their head coach should be suspended for the year. They preach violence in the Vikings locker room….

    Take your punishment Vikings and don’t complain about it. I have 50,001 pages of “evidence” if you want to see it!

     ———————————————————————————-
    Bwahahaha!!! Climb back into that sink hole and shut yer trap. NO Tainted fans are suspended too. Now go polish that so called sb trophy with the forever asterisk that stains it.

     

  30. nobisoreal says: Aug 31, 2012 7:14 PM

    Damn, Goodell must’ve thought it was James Harrison that did it.

  31. lordfrza says: Aug 31, 2012 8:33 PM

    Dear NFL,
    Take that money and give it to the real refs and get them back on the field, PLEASE!

  32. vikingfan1971 says: Aug 31, 2012 9:05 PM

    you saints fans are so sickening like in the past comments you guys did it on purpose and yes I am a vikings fan so what I agree with alot of what people are saying that fine was ridiculous as he will probably have to pay some of that from his own pocket if he is cut.
    you are just sore losers as you guys got put out in the open but you guys also intentionally tried to take out players a rookie like that and preseason was not trying to take anyone out and may have hit too hard but not on purpose.
    so get over it and lets get on with the season may the best teams win and our vikes will show the nfl we are better than they think
    skol team lets go and get a good standing this year last year was last year its a new year

  33. johnnytarr says: Aug 31, 2012 9:42 PM

    Stains fans go troll the Falcon’s posts.

  34. pack13queens0 says: Aug 31, 2012 10:55 PM

    The fine should have been $50,000. That hit was cheap.

  35. atacoshipinaseaofwhitesauce says: Sep 2, 2012 5:54 PM

    Viking Fans, finished making excuses for cowardly play? Better you should help your team find a QB.

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