Ryan Mundy fined $21,000 for hit on Darrius Heyward-Bey

AP

Steelers safety Ryan Mundy is paying for the vicious hit he laid on Raiders receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey on Sunday.

Mundy has been fined $21,000 for the hit, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

The collision between the crown of Mundy’s helmet and Heyward-Bey’s chin was violent, and it left Heyward-Bey motionless on the ground for several minutes. He eventually moved his arm to wave to the fans as he was stretchered off the field, the first sign that he would be OK.

Heyward-Bey ultimately spent one night in the hospital with a concussion and a neck strain.

In a week when the NFL suspended another player, Denver’s Joe Mays, for a helmet-to-helmet hit, Mundy is lucky that a $21,000 fine is all he got.

41 responses to “Ryan Mundy fined $21,000 for hit on Darrius Heyward-Bey

  1. Steeler fan second, father first. Nobody was happier than I was when he hoisted a thumbs up on the way off the field. Here’s to a full recovery for DHB, and a quick resolution to the NFLRA/NFL impasse.

  2. Wait a minute, what I would consider a perfectly legal hit by Tate gets $21,000 (the NFL thinks Lee was defenseless because he wasn’t looking) and this gets $21,000?

    Is Mr. Magoo looking at these? How can they possibly be considered the same violation. The NFL just doesn’t get it and apparently never will.

  3. Lucky? You’ve got to be kidding. Look at the photo. His head is up. He did not lead with the crown. Heyward-Bey’s knees are bent lowering the target. Mundy barely caught his chin. If he had time to think about it, he should have used his right shoulder and not his left. Thank God that Heyward-Bey appears to be OK. It’s a brutal game.

  4. Joe Mays is a repeat offender…I believe this was the second time in 3 weeks he was fined.
    What’s really interesting is to see if the NFL does the same thing to Harrison if/when he plays again (and rest assured, if he plays he WILL continue taking cheap shots that he knows are now illegal and complaining that Roger Goodell doesnt like him)

  5. Not a fan of the Steelers, especailly Harrison, but this hit wasn’t a Harrison type hit. It had a terrible and scary result, but Mundy appeared to be aiming for the body with his shoulder but caught chin b/c DHB lowered his head. The $21,000 fine is ok in my book b/c the NFL is trying to get away from any hit that could be this violent, but this is not in the same category as Mays’ hit, which was unnecessary and easily avoidable.

  6. By the way, Denver defense…Schaub took your best shot, still finished the game and beat you. I wonder what will happen if somebody gives YOUR quarterback that kind of hit? Missing part of his ear will be the least of Manning’s problems.

  7. Perform an illegal hit that’s so violent that it sends a guy to the hospital and nearly causes permanent and debilitating damage: $21,000

    Grab a replacement officials arm so that you can ask him a question: $50,000

    Something’s wrong with the NFL.

  8. $21,000 , not $19,000 or $24,000 or $32,000…

    haha as if roger goodell really has a system to come up with an exact figure, unless its a dart board.

    i’m surprised, i really though bellicheck deserved a $51,000 fine, not the 50k

  9. @dumpgoodell
    How r heyward-beys knees bent lowering the target!! He was in the air when he got hit!! Unless he has some kind of rocket propulsion to change direction in midair, and that photo is clearly after he made contact, LOOK WHERE THE BALL IS!!!! And he didn’t barely catch his chin, did u even see the hit??? He should have been fined a lot more than he was!!

  10. Wonder why he wasn’t fined for the concussion he gave our tight end later in the game. Or maybe the eye gauge he gave Rod Streater on the play before the DHB hit. I wonder if that’s really Ric Flair in that Steeler uniform?

  11. As a steeler fan I wish our team would be more careful with these kind of plays. They can hit them hard without using their helmet. The fine is justified and hopefully sends a message to the team. I am glad he didn’t suffer permanent damage.

  12. pinch a referee on the arm to ask for a review and it’s $50000, but launch helmet first at a defenseless receiver’s head, hospitalizing him, and it’s $21000. So if you bring a shiv and stab a linebacker, would that only be like $4000?

  13. Waiting for the announcement for the fines against the Raiders for the cheap shot forearm to the back of Ben’s knees long after the ball was thrown, and the cheap shot chop block to the back of Hood’s knee as well… Oh yeah, I forgot, the NFL only fines Steelers’ not people who cheap shot them…..

  14. 1. He did not bend his knees and lower the target. He was in the air. If he had been on the ground he might be dead.

    2. While the play was legal on the hit against Myers the actions were not. He was clearly headhunting and leading with the crown.

    For Goodell to suspend Mays after one hit and only get Mundy for $21,000 after clearly showing for the entire game that he had no regard for the rules makes no sense to me.

  15. dumpgoodell says:
    Sep 26, 2012 2:39 PM
    Lucky? You’ve got to be kidding. Look at the photo. His head is up. He did not lead with the crown. Heyward-Bey’s knees are bent lowering the target. Mundy barely caught his chin. If he had time to think about it, he should have used his right shoulder and not his left. Thank God that Heyward-Bey appears to be OK. It’s a brutal game.

    Obviously “dumpgoodell was looking at pitchers instead seeing it live!!!!

    Barely??? Watch it live dude.

    Mundy is a repeat offender. He had another hit just like this I believe on Myers in the same game. Same thing last year against the Raiders as well.

    Should have been suspended not fined!!!

  16. Should have been suspended for that hit, without a doubt. It was completely unnecessary, and should have been flagged. I can’t believe that’s all they gave him, but then again, I can’t believe a lot a of things that are happening in the NFL right now.

  17. ravenscrap says:
    Sep 26, 2012 3:18 PM
    Waiting for the announcement for the fines against the Raiders for the cheap shot forearm to the back of Ben’s knees long after the ball was thrown, and the cheap shot chop block to the back of Hood’s knee as well… Oh yeah, I forgot, the NFL only fines Steelers’ not people who cheap shot them…..

    Go cry in your beer!

  18. not only was dhb in the air mundy launched himself at dhb as well. mundy was reckless the whole game.
    and yes i would expect a fine for the low hit on roethlisberger as well

  19. What people are not talking about is that Lewis had hit DHB on the other side just a split second before Mundy. The dynamics of the whole thing changed because of that hit from the other side, DHB reacted to that hit, causing him to collapse, Mundy’s helmet hit his chin because he collapsed. Things happen real quick in football, that’s why I like it…..

  20. ravenscrap says: Sep 26, 2012 3:18 PM

    Waiting for the announcement for the fines against the Raiders for the cheap shot forearm to the back of Ben’s knees long after the ball was thrown, and the cheap shot chop block to the back of Hood’s knee as well… Oh yeah, I forgot, the NFL only fines Steelers’ not people who cheap shot them…..
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    The forearm to the back of the knee? Wheeler completely missed him. Though you wouldn’t know it because Ben flopped like a soccer player. I love how he got up and limped back to the huddle. That tells me all I need to know about what kind of “man” Ben is.

  21. @randallflagg52

    And what about the hit on Heath Miller last season by the Ravens when the ball sailed past Miller and Miller was on his knees and your coward of a DB flew at Miller helmut-to-helmut because he wouldn’t and couldn’t hit Miller any other way – and no flag ! Definition of a dirty cheap illegal hit. Par for a coward Raven.

  22. Wow have the masters of the cheap shot Raiders fans gotten soft. I saw the hit and there wasn’t anything wrong with it — he didn’t lead with his helmet, as you can see in the picture the ball is right there so it wasn’t a defenseless receiver situation – frankly at normal speed it didn’t even appear to be that bad of a hit. I saw probably 20 hits on Sunday that looked worse than this, but it doesn’t have to look bad to be bad, I certainly get that. Regardless I don’t understand what the fine is for since it looked like a legit hit to me. Unless the NFL just wants to fully convert to flag football they need to clean up their act on fining these types of plays. Also none of this is any disrespect to DHB, glad to hear he’s doing OK.

  23. I was wrong about lowering the target, but my point is that it’s a fast game and it was an inch or so from being a textbook legal tackle. 100% of the responsibilty has been put on the defender by the commissioner so I guess he can levy a fine. The Raider coach seems to agree that there was no intent to injure.

    “The safety was playing the game fast and physical. It’s a tough game to play when you’re making split-second decisions on how you play the game. It’s the unfortunate things that happen in this game but we move on from it.”
    – Dennis Allen

  24. The ambulance ride, cat scan/mri, er room, and hospital overnight bill was way more than that….seems like he should have to pay for that as well

  25. Football has become a game of inches. The picture of Mundy’s hit at the top of this article shows what appears to be a text book hit (probably the reason no flag was thrown on the play). However, because Heyward-Bey was injured, the league has to impose a fine to make it appear they care about player safety.

  26. And THAT is a textbook case of the preferential treatment a few select teams (Giants, Steelers, Patriots, ect) get over the rest of the league.

  27. 1) The crown of the helmet is the area right above the facemask, which is exactly what is hitting DHB in the chin in the pic. I believe you assume the crown is the top of the helmet, which is not true 2) defenseless receiver is not dependent upon the ball being in the area. Receivers are considered defensless until they establish themselves as a runner (ie- make catch then make football move). 3) At normal speed it appeared to be a terrible and illegal hit (I was standing about 20 feet away).

    onebucplace says:
    Sep 26, 2012 4:15 PM
    Wow have the masters of the cheap shot Raiders fans gotten soft. I saw the hit and there wasn’t anything wrong with it — he didn’t lead with his helmet, as you can see in the picture the ball is right there so it wasn’t a defenseless receiver situation – frankly at normal speed it didn’t even appear to be that bad of a hit. I saw probably 20 hits on Sunday that looked worse than this, but it doesn’t have to look bad to be bad, I certainly get that. Regardless I don’t understand what the fine is for since it looked like a legit hit to me. Unless the NFL just wants to fully convert to flag football they need to clean up their act on fining these types of plays. Also none of this is any disrespect to DHB, glad to hear he’s doing OK.

  28. It looked like a legal hit to me. Head is up… arms wrapping up. First contact was chest high which led to incidental secondary contact with the brim of his helmet to DHB’s chin. It was an unfortunate result, but a player shouldn’t be fined for hitting too hard on a clean hit.

    Mundy never launched, I don’t know what some of you are looking at… maybe it was the beer.

  29. Here’s an idea for all of the players worried about life after football and the damages that the game will leave you with (and subsequent lawsuits because the NFL didn’t let you know how dangerous the game you are playing really is). QUIT hitting each other in the head with your head you idiots.

  30. a flag should of been called too but at least he got fined and recover son DHB get well, and maybe that 21,000 can go to the real refs to come back

  31. sixlombardisinyourface says:
    Sep 26, 2012 4:14 PM
    @randallflagg52

    And what about the hit on Heath Miller last season by the Ravens when the ball sailed past Miller and Miller was on his knees and your coward of a DB flew at Miller helmut-to-helmut because he wouldn’t and couldn’t hit Miller any other way – and no flag ! Definition of a dirty cheap illegal hit. Par for a coward Raven.

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    Well I’m sure every single player on the Ravens can spell “helmet” correctly, so just chalk that up as another reason the RAVENS and their fans are superior to the steelers and their fans.

  32. Bunch of whining little crybabies in here. Anybody see Heath Miller damn near get decapitated by a Ravens safety last year? Miller can take a hit and get up, where was the fine ?

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