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Kyle Williams fined $15,000 for low hit on Tom Brady

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Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams expected to get a fine for a hit on Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in Sunday’s game.

That doesn’t mean he was happy to find the letter informing him of the fine in his locker on Wednesday. Williams drew a flag for roughing Brady when he hit the New England quarterback on the back of the calf on a completion to Wes Welker in the third quarter of the game. The catch and the penalty  helped put the Patriots in position to tie the game on 21 en route to a 52-28 victory.

Williams said he didn’t dive at Brady’s legs or lead with his helmet on the play and said he could understand the fine if he did either of those things. But he’s not sure what he’s supposed to do differently even if he knew that what he did was going to be penalized.

A”t the same time, I asked the official during the game, ‘What do you want me to do?’ He didn’t say anything. Of course, I wasn’t exactly calm when I asked him,” Williams said, via Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News. “But I’m trying to figure out: You get blocked down, you’re going down. The guy’s still got the ball. I didn’t dive into the side of the leg. I didn’t spear him in the side of the leg. I hit him with my forearm in his calf and he went down.”

Brady is one of the reasons why there’s a rule against defenders diving into the legs of quarterbacks. The new rule came into effect in 2009, the year after safety Bernard Pollard, then with the Chiefs, ended Brady’s season with a shot to the knee in the first game of the season.

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46 Responses to “Kyle Williams fined $15,000 for low hit on Tom Brady”
  1. fitzmagic1212 says: Oct 3, 2012 6:08 PM

    he was on the ground and tried to knock brady down with an arm. didnt dive at his knees. typical NFL dont touch brady league

  2. dirte42 says: Oct 3, 2012 6:12 PM

    Kyle….. you’ve been in the game long enough to know that no one is allowed to touch Tom “The Golden Child” Brady.

  3. kwickett85 says: Oct 3, 2012 6:12 PM

    The same thing happened to Ryan Fitzpatrick in that game but surprise surprise…no flag or fine.

  4. zibby42 says: Oct 3, 2012 6:15 PM

    How much did Jermaine Cunningham get fined for hitting Ryan Fitzpatrick low?

  5. thekingofnewyork says: Oct 3, 2012 6:16 PM

    Ridiculous. Next thing you know, players will start getting fined for looking at Queen Brady the wrong way

  6. zombiepatriot says: Oct 3, 2012 6:16 PM

    It’s not the best answer but at some point defenders have to just give up on the play. You can say you were blocked all you want but the effort was still made to make the hit, there was still a reach and you decided to make ‘the play’. I get it’s a physical game but if the league and the refs are going to call it the way they have been then you should understand when making an extra effort to hit a guy in the lower leg you are doing it with the knowledge you are going to give up 15 yards and then get fined.

    Now let the thumbs down counter increase rapidly!

  7. msstiller58 says: Oct 3, 2012 6:17 PM

    Isn’t that the same fine that Raider who blew up Ben’s calf paid? Oh no, sorry, that wasn’t flagged or fined. What was I thinking?

  8. gtorlone says: Oct 3, 2012 6:17 PM

    Williams has a point. If Brady still has the ball and the defensive tackle is low to the ground, what is he supposed to do? Apparently just admit defeat on the play and let Brady fire one down the field untouched. Just the way the NFL wants it.

  9. all4patriots says: Oct 3, 2012 6:17 PM

    fact check: Brady is not responsible for the existence of “The Carson Palmer Rule”

    As they say, “you can look it up” and “Google is your friend”

    “During the off-season, the NFL Rules Committee modified the rule regarding low hits on quarterbacks, prohibiting defenders from hitting a passer at or below the knee unless they are blocked into him. Injuries to Palmer, Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and then-Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Brian Griese were cited as reasons for the new rule.

    The so-called “Kimo Rule”, also known as the “Carson Palmer Rule”, now requires that defenders take every opportunity to avoid hitting a quarterback at or below the knees when the quarterback is in a defenseless position looking to throw with both feet on the ground.

  10. jimnaizeeum says: Oct 3, 2012 6:19 PM

    He hit Brady on the back of the calf…not his knee, not his head..his calf.

    Maybe qb’s should just have a few flags tucked into their belt, if you pull the flag out it’s a sack…if you touch them it’s 15yds & a fine.

  11. sariff420 says: Oct 3, 2012 6:21 PM

    Ha, ridiculous. The chickafication of the NFL continues.

  12. edwinmoses says: Oct 3, 2012 6:22 PM

    “You got guys out there hitting Fitz in his chest with their helmet when he’s going down. I don’t know what you’re supposed to do.”
    -K.W.

    Can you say double standard? Afterall, we wouldn’t want the golden boy to be damaged goods for Giselle.

  13. cush2push says: Oct 3, 2012 6:23 PM

    This is the biggest bologna fine i have ever seen
    In the same game Fitzpatrick was turned into the letter Z and Chandler got a cheap shot from spikes

  14. mempusa says: Oct 3, 2012 6:23 PM

    Because Tom Brady and every other QB is NFL GOLD…belee dat!

  15. applecool1981 says: Oct 3, 2012 6:31 PM

    Yeah, it’s sad when you can’t even practically touch the quarterback when they are in the “passing” stance. I guess he could’ve grabbed his leg and up ended him, causing him to fall helmet first to the ground.

  16. billsboy88 says: Oct 3, 2012 6:35 PM

    It is illegal to touch Brady

  17. billsboy88 says: Oct 3, 2012 6:36 PM

    Yet not even a flag when Fitz’s legs got taken out in the 2nd quarter

  18. troofbtold says: Oct 3, 2012 6:37 PM

    Commence the Hating

  19. sariff420 says: Oct 3, 2012 6:38 PM

    Only for Brady…

  20. jetsmetsfan says: Oct 3, 2012 6:47 PM

    Oh Come On leave Giselle’s wife alone…LOL

  21. EJ says: Oct 3, 2012 6:53 PM

    Brady deserved the shot from Pollard. Kyle Williams did exactly as he said, his forearm hit the back of Brady’s leg. He didn’t spear him or dive at his legs. The only reason Williams was fined was because it was Brady, any other QB and there wouldn’t have even been a flag thrown.
    Tom Brady helped ruin the sport in a different degree by being the whiny puss that he is. I do miss seeing hits that were put on by players like Reggie White, Lawrence Taylor and Bruce Smith. Back when football was in its greatest years. Back when QB’s weren’t trying to be models, when QB’s were rough and tough, hard nosed QB’s like Jeff George, Steve Young, Jim Kelly, Dan Marino, Randall Cunningham and Drew Bledsoe. QB’s now days are the exact opposite.

  22. nytroutdog says: Oct 3, 2012 6:58 PM

    I regret buying my season tickets this year: lesson learned. The NFL, between the BS with the refs to these type calls have made this a joke. I’ll happily watch from my couch next year. Kyle Williams was robbed.

  23. realfann says: Oct 3, 2012 7:08 PM

    The logical thing for him to have done is take out Brady at the knee.

    Still only a 15 yard penalty, still only a 15k fine but the upside of maybe taking out Brady for the rest of the season.

    Not advocating dirty play but this wasn’t yet it’s being punished like it was. So the message is clear, you might as well commit the crime if you’re going to have to do the time.

  24. dan7800 says: Oct 3, 2012 7:12 PM

    The NFL protects NE to no end. Queen Brady or not banning BB for cheating.

  25. jacksonjames4 says: Oct 3, 2012 7:14 PM

    I wish someone would end brandys season again

  26. thorman4ever says: Oct 3, 2012 7:20 PM

    The ball had literally just left his hand like a second before he hit him. This fine is outrageous. I saw many a worse hits on many a bills players. However the NFL is going to protect Brady Lady so that the Pats make the playoffs and the NFL gets the Tv revenue for the entire New England area.

  27. mazblast says: Oct 3, 2012 7:26 PM

    realfann makes a good point. If you’re going to get a flag and a fine for touching Golden Boy’s pink tutu, you may as well say, “I’ll get my money’s worth”.

    Next will be penalties and fines for breathing too heavily when Giselle’s wife is trying to concentrate.

  28. billsin20xx says: Oct 3, 2012 7:35 PM

    Does this mean Spikes wasn’t fined for the cheap head shot he put on Chandler?

  29. harrisonhits2 says: Oct 3, 2012 7:54 PM

    Yes the fans of loser teams like the Bills love to blame the refs or the NFL head office / competition committee for losing.

    Its so much easier than expecting your players to do their job properly. So much easier just to whine and cry their eyes out.

    Anyone who thinks the Pats don’t get their share of crap calls and fines is either bigoted against New England or just doesn’t have much knowledge of their games over extended time.

  30. fat4jc says: Oct 3, 2012 7:57 PM

    Seriously, the hit on Roethlisberger in week 3 was 10x worse, and no fine?

  31. 315judman says: Oct 3, 2012 8:15 PM

    That was not a ‘roughing the passer’ penalty. That was a ‘roughing Brady’ penalty. So ridiculous. They should put some ladies locker facilities for the Ugged one.

  32. 1zzo says: Oct 3, 2012 8:40 PM

    “Yes the fans of loser teams like the Bills love to blame the refs or the NFL head office / competition committee for losing.

    Its so much easier than expecting your players to do their job properly. So much easier just to whine and cry their eyes out.

    Anyone who thinks the Pats don’t get their share of crap calls and fines is either bigoted against New England or just doesn’t have much knowledge of their games over extended time.”

    @Harrisonhits2: Nobody is blaming the refs for the Bills’ losing…they did that all by themselves. NFL fans are just sick of the obvious bias when it comes to the league protecting and helping their queen and her team.

  33. dan7800 says: Oct 3, 2012 8:41 PM

    Nobody is blaming the refs for losing. Where does it say that?

    People are complaining about the skirt on Brady rules. I sit 4 rows off the field. Year after year, nobody complains and b**ches like Brady does. You name it, and he complains about it.

    *********************************
    Yes the fans of loser teams like the Bills love to blame the refs or the NFL head office / competition committee for losing.

    Its so much easier than expecting your players to do their job properly. So much easier just to whine and cry their eyes out.

    Anyone who thinks the Pats don’t get their share of crap calls and fines is either bigoted against New England or just doesn’t have much knowledge of their games over extended time.

  34. richc111 says: Oct 3, 2012 8:42 PM

    Funny when Cunningham did that to Fitzpatrick in the 2nd quarter I was like that should have been a penalty. When it happened to Williams I thought oh that’s right Brady’s friends are back the regular officials. The real big difference in the 2 was that Brady has the oh I am getting my knee blown out dive down pat. When he was hit you thought he would get up but he knows how to lay it on. My suggestion to Fitzpatrick or any other QB that gets hit low, roll around like your knee is hurt for 10 seconds, then you might get a call. And for anyone who thinks any different watch the tape you will see the low hit on Fitzpatrick

  35. eaglelover1 says: Oct 3, 2012 8:55 PM

    When the “real” Refs came back notice all the NFL QB’s that WERE losing WON…..only reason Brees lost is because he was playing Rodgers…..Saints1-4 this week……

    I liked the replacement refs better at least everyone had a fair shake at winning….League refs comes back and phantom PI calls appear for the Giants to get in position for a FG luckily Coughlin TOO stupid to see the gift horse he was begging for 2 plays earlier and decides to cover the spread instead of just win….

  36. all4patriots says: Oct 3, 2012 8:56 PM

    The rule says the hit cannot be “at or below the knees”

    so all you people saying “he hit him on the calf not the knee” need to realize that the calf is indeed located below the knee.

    Therefore, the Carson Palmer rule was correctly applied as written

    NE didn’t ask for the rule, but it exists

  37. jacksonjames4 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:08 PM

    The comment about blaming the refs was just some uneducated idiot with nothing intelligent to say. It made zero sense and had nothing to do with anything being said here. We are now all a bit dumber for reading that. May god have mercy on your soul

  38. melikefootball says: Oct 3, 2012 9:13 PM

    The league officee has blinders on, watch the Atlanta game and see Ryan get tackled low and twisted with no flag. Brady gets touched, flag, and fine.

  39. lanman11 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:19 PM

    All of this vitriol serves as a reminder that yes, Buffalo got CRUSHED at home last weekend after sounding off all off season, and in particular the week leading up to the game, about the “changing of the guard” in the AFC East. We’ve all heard of “The Music City Miracle.” Last Sunday was “The Buffalonian Bummer.” Sorry ladies and gents, but it’s not happening yet, if ever, and yes, the rule was enforced properly. He was in the midst of throwing the football. If you look at the replay Brady’s knee got bent at an fairly awkward angle. I cringed a bit when I saw it. A little more oomph and it might have been a significant injury. KW, next time, don’t get your Ace knocked down to the ground and maybe you can make a play. Otherwise, your out of the play till you get back to your feet. Simple, and it applies to EVERYONE.

  40. koenig61 says: Oct 3, 2012 9:49 PM

    No one is saying DON’T CALL THE PENALTY !! What every team is saying, is call it the same for every team. As multiple posters said, same hit on Fitzpatrick and no penalty. Same (worse) hit on roethlisberger no penalty. And I can almost live with the fact refs don’t make the call if the league office after watching the play on film later, would at least fine them. However not only can’t the other QBs get the call on the field, they can’t even get the call after the front office reviews it?!? Total BS. I’d rather they not baby Brady, but if their going to baby him, the the least we can ask for is that our QBs get the same treatment.

  41. dtjano says: Oct 3, 2012 10:08 PM

    If a guys going to pay, mine as well get 15k and 15 yards worth.

  42. rabidbillsfan says: Oct 3, 2012 11:42 PM

    i’ll admit, i thought that penalty was the turning point of that game. it could be viewed as the defenses will shattering. they are already getting shredded, willaims actually gets to brad a half second to late, and everybody in the stands was like ‘ok, we weathered the storm, time to buckle up now.’ nope, penalty puts the ball at the 6, and then brady gets a rushing td gift from the replay officials. i’m not saying that the bills would have stopped them, but that was an absolute back-breaker. we all wanted to complain about the replacement refs, but something really needs to be done about the legitamate refs. i can no longer watch games where certain players are treated diffrently. pressure should be put on the leauge office to provide explanations of fines/suspensions like the nhl does, with visual evidence. then, when similar fouls occur, you can go to the tape and really show the favortism.

  43. CKL says: Oct 4, 2012 2:50 AM

    EJ says:
    Oct 3, 2012 6:53 PM
    Brady deserved the shot from Pollard.
    ______________________________
    I thought you were better than that. I was wrong. Sad. And pathetic. I stand corrected and will never make that mistake again.

    By the way, TB wasn’t even in the top 10 for RTP penalties garnered 09-wk 3 of 2011, people. Educate yourselves. You know who had more called in his favor? Ryan Fitzpatrick for one (9 for him, 6 for TB).

  44. siriusred67 says: Oct 4, 2012 8:25 AM

    The level of protection the refs and league offices give to Tom Brady is ridiculous. If it had been ANY OTHER QUARTERBACK IN THE LEAGUE, there wouldn’t have even been a flag on the play. Kyle Williams had been fighting to get past a block, and he was falling down. What was he supposed to do, hit his anti-gravity button???

    That was one time where I wish the replacement refs were still officiating because they wouldn’t have shown the blatant favoritism toward Brady.

  45. jkcranshaw says: Oct 4, 2012 2:15 PM

    I love all of the anti Brady comments… What very few people fail to recognize though (why base your opinions on fact) is that Brady receives among the fewest roughing (or Roughing Brady) calls of any QB in the league. When Vick ran his mouth last year the data was crunched and that fact was proven out (as someone said above, Google is your friend.)

    With that said, I’ll be sitting on my couch this Sunday in my TB12 jersey and matching skirt comfortable in the fact that my team is going back to the playoffs like they have done in all but one season that Brady has played more the one quarter in.

  46. billsboy88 says: Oct 4, 2012 8:34 PM

    “With that said, I’ll be sitting on my couch this Sunday in my TB12 jersey and matching skirt comfortable in the fact that my team is going back to the playoffs like they have done in all but one season that Brady has played more the one quarter in.”

    ******

    I have no problem believing that there are official Tom Brady skirts available out there. Seems incredibly fitting really.

    Watch the game film. Fitz gets taken out low when he doesn’t have the ball: no flag, no fine. Brady gets hit low when he is throwing the ball
    and there is a flag and a fine. It cannot be argued.

    The Bills got their butts’ whooped and Brady is a good qb. Those things we all know. This thread is about Brady once again getting special treatment from the NFL. Ahem, tuck rule, ahem.

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