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Harrison Smith fined for horse-collar tackle on Robert Griffin III

Robert Griffin III, Harrison Smith AP

Apparently putting your hands on Robert Griffin III is worse than putting your hands on an official.

Last week, Vikings safety Harrison Smith was not fined despite having been ejected from the previous Sunday’s game for contact with an official. But this week, Smith was fined $15,750 after he was flagged for a horse-collar tackle on Griffin in Sunday’s Vikings-Redskins game.

This is already the second fine of Smith’s brief career. He was also fined $21,000 for an illegal hit in a preseason game against the Chargers. Smith, a first-round rookie, is finding out that playing safety in the NFL is expensive.

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59 Responses to “Harrison Smith fined for horse-collar tackle on Robert Griffin III”
  1. dannythebisforbeast says: Oct 19, 2012 7:14 PM

    Fines are a joke. Is there a quota that has to be met every Friday??

  2. teamnorsecore says: Oct 19, 2012 7:18 PM

    Packer Fans…..opinions? I’m sure you will bless us all with great, smug comments per usual.

  3. csilojohnson says: Oct 19, 2012 7:24 PM

    I’m telling you. Goodell is stockpiling this money for the concussion lawsuits. Current players paying for the fact that former players didn’t know slamming your head against a wall every week for 60 minutes wouldnt have long term damage.

  4. rg3andout says: Oct 19, 2012 7:30 PM

    shouldve aimed for his horse teeth

  5. bleedinpurple says: Oct 19, 2012 7:31 PM

    Where does that money even go?

  6. khmer379 says: Oct 19, 2012 7:33 PM

    That horse collar penaly was a joke just saying

  7. realnflmaster says: Oct 19, 2012 7:38 PM

    Next thing you know, they’re going to fine the JETS for winning the Superbowl this year.

    They’ll fine you for anything.

  8. cdrion21 says: Oct 19, 2012 7:38 PM

    in his defense it was then only we he could catch him, let alone tackle him

  9. jimnaizeeum says: Oct 19, 2012 7:38 PM

    I think the way RG-3&3 plays he may be taking a few more hits from the Giants this week

  10. skinfangray says: Oct 19, 2012 7:45 PM

    Yeah, wasn’t this Harrison Smith kid the one that was supposed to “Take Griffin Out”?

    And as far as him taking a few more hits from the Giants, any hit would be a few more hits than what the Vikings had.

  11. thejuddstir says: Oct 19, 2012 7:55 PM

    I saw that game/play and didn’t think it deserved a penalty much more a fine but it is what it is. I just wish the refs and the league more be more consistent with penalties and fines. It does seem like certain players get nailed for even looking cross-eyed whereas others get away with murder.

  12. lightcleric says: Oct 19, 2012 7:56 PM

    Do they use a Magic 8 Ball and/or dartboard to determine whether someone gets fined and how much?

  13. skolvikes says: Oct 19, 2012 7:56 PM

    Does the NFL even review these plays?

    It was clear by the replay that Smith had a handful of RG3’s jersey instead of inside his shoulder pads.

  14. rgledz says: Oct 19, 2012 8:05 PM

    Hey Skinsfan…..what’s your record? Thought so. Congrats on your teams first home win in a year….impressive.

  15. matthewcarlson1 says: Oct 19, 2012 8:09 PM

    @skinfangray
    Where are you getting your information? I don’t remember anyone saying that. Have fun with Vick 2.0.

  16. zachhauz says: Oct 19, 2012 8:17 PM

    open palm on rg3s back that was a phenomenal tackle not a horse collar. I was shocked it got a flag let alone this bs

  17. duncanthecat says: Oct 19, 2012 8:18 PM

    I think this was his only tackle.

    Not much to show for being talked up so much prior to the game.

  18. purplengold says: Oct 19, 2012 8:30 PM

    did Smith tackle Griffin’s teeth?

  19. sadskinsfan89 says: Oct 19, 2012 8:36 PM

    I love how everyone bashes rg3 and the skins. The funny thing is that ppl cant help but talk about the skins. Good or bad ur talking. The one dudes screen name us rg3andout. sounds to me u r obsessed

  20. 3rdstringsuperhero says: Oct 19, 2012 8:45 PM

    $15,750 is the standard fine for all Horse collar tackles this year.
    The flag was thrown, so the fine was imposed.
    Move along, nothing to see here…
    unless you want some cheese with your wine.

  21. robataille says: Oct 19, 2012 9:02 PM

    Throw the book at him… And less this be a lesson learned to all who try to hit The R dirty.

  22. norwegianwud says: Oct 19, 2012 9:20 PM

    I think the fine was likely enforced because of the previous two he had. One for a helmet-to-helmet or defenseless receiver (can’t remember), with a fine, and week before supposedly shoving an official (no fine but huge penalty). Plus he’s a rookie. He’ll make more mistakes, if this actually was one. I’m glad MN stepped up and got him. I haven’t seen a safety for the Vikes that will actually put a big hit on a guy since Joey Browner. He might not be a Browner or Ronnie Lott but a step in the right direction. Smart kid from ND that’s tough, aggressive, and likes to catch balls from the QB w/ other colored jersey.

  23. pack13queens0 says: Oct 19, 2012 9:48 PM

    Harrison Smith is the dirtiest player in the game. He really needs to be suspended before someone gets seriously hurt. Bad enough the previous week when he assaulted an official without even being provoked.

  24. contrasuxbalz says: Oct 19, 2012 10:01 PM

    teamnorsecore says: Oct 19, 2012 7:18 PM

    Packer Fans…..opinions? I’m sure you will bless us all with great, smug comments per usual.
    ________________
    Let it go already. The entire nation sided with Green Bay because it does not get any more obvious than that (unless you are a Seattle idiot. Additionally most agree with the 49ers assessment of the Seahawks corners as well.

  25. gbpicksix says: Oct 19, 2012 10:02 PM

    As a Packer fan I was hoping Green Bay would make a deal on draft day to get this kid (Harrison Smith). He has a ton of potential I just think he is still raw. People need to remember before banging on him that he is still early in his rookie year, it takes time to get comfortable with the players around you and with the new schemes he has learned in their defense. That being said, I am actually pretty excited to see a larger sample size of Jerron Mcmillian for Green Bay. Jerron has shown some flashes of being a solid addition for Dom Capers.

  26. rg3andout says: Oct 19, 2012 10:28 PM

    look at the puney skins fans are happy to finally get one win out of 8 AT HOME, well dont get too comfortable, u guys will regain your bottom position in the nfc east once again

  27. thepvyharvin says: Oct 19, 2012 10:31 PM

    The way Griffin showboats as a rookie is sickening,,,,,when he gets layed out I will be the first cheering,,,

  28. alldayap says: Oct 19, 2012 11:32 PM

    He didnt even get flagged for it…….

  29. 49ersgiants4life says: Oct 19, 2012 11:35 PM

    These fines are getting so ridiculous in a few years players will have to hit an opponent in a target area or get fined 21 grand let them play football they signed up for it they know the consequences these days and anyone who says they don’t are liars

  30. hail74 says: Oct 19, 2012 11:52 PM

    That was a textbook horse collar. Hand grabbing pads inside collar, sliding down back to tackle. Anyone saying otherwise is just hating.

  31. cowboysheretic says: Oct 20, 2012 12:51 AM

    As an aside, shouldn’t horse collar tackles be legal if the tackler doesn’t land on the ball carriers legs?

  32. zn0rseman says: Oct 20, 2012 12:58 AM

    So touching a player’s pads from behind is now a penalty and fine worthy offense??

    Because Smith didn’t pull him down backwards by his jersey, he pulled him over frontwards.

    Or is it that he made a good tackle on a hyped up player, and that is really the mistake he made?

  33. zn0rseman says: Oct 20, 2012 1:01 AM

    zachhauz says:
    Oct 19, 2012 8:17 PM
    open palm on rg3s back that was a phenomenal tackle not a horse collar. I was shocked it got a flag let alone this bs
    ————

    Agreed. Anyone who disagrees with that either didn’t see the play or doesn’t know what a horse-collar tackle means.

  34. choppa2lis says: Oct 20, 2012 1:24 AM

    rg3 and horsecollar lol, he looks like a horse with those horse teeth, he is uglier than mr ed. rg3 should be fined , of course the nfl’s wet dream rg3 needs to keep playing to keep the lame hype alive, everybody knows hes a fraud, except these extreme low self esteem redskin fans who need to see everybody keep hyping this horseface up every week LMAO

  35. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Oct 20, 2012 2:02 AM

    At least the Vikings have a safety that will hit someone. In his 5 1/2 games he’s played, I’ve been impressed. He hits and he hits hard, I think Megatron is still foggy

  36. eddardofthehousestark says: Oct 20, 2012 2:12 AM

    Hope the G-Men lose this weekend. Swords fly and swords ride. I refret that I only have one life to give, but tthe axe I give is an axe in your throat. Eddard of the House Stark.

  37. skinfangray says: Oct 20, 2012 7:18 AM

    All last week, with the daily story about RG3’s concussion, we had Vikes fans coming on to every story to talk about Smith taking out Griffin on sunday. The only time he touched Griffin was the obvious HorseCollar tackle.

    Also, do not talk to any Skins fan about fines being fair or unfair. Our team got bent over by Roger Goodell and his lover John Mara for not following an unwritten rule, during a period with no salary cap.

    Oh, to answer rgledz’s question. We are 3-3. And we are pretty excited about our team. It is obvious that people like you are pretty nervous about us. You can’t go a day without trying to convince anyone who will listen to you that Griffin is not that good. Well, whatever makes you sleep at night.

  38. wethog66 says: Oct 20, 2012 8:10 AM

    @ rgledz

    3-3

    And that is with a rookie QB and every loss by a TD or less. Yeah the Skins are not SB material this year, but they sure are competitive in rebuilding year 3 with a lot of talented young players getting valuable experience.

    Prime example besides Griffin is Trent Williams. Shut down Jared Allen last week and has played great do far this season. Alfred Morris is another. So is Ryan Jerrigan and Perry Riley.

    A lot of exciting young talent in the Skins organization. Good time to be a Skins fan.

    Oh yeah, what team is your favorite? How are they doing this year? Bet I could guess, but….

  39. FinFan68 says: Oct 20, 2012 8:32 AM

    Stop with the fines already. They should be used for the blatantly intentional and dangerous plays and not inadvertent violations. It’s sad that almost every personal foul gets a fine also. That is likely because a bunch of players do not care at all about the yardage/down impact on their respective teams. The only way they get the message is if they lose money or games. Start suspending the really bad offenders instead and fine the teams. Eventually some of these clowns will get it and there won’t be a need to fine someone for an inadvertent or honest mistake that had no malicious intent.

  40. whatjusthapped says: Oct 20, 2012 9:09 AM

    Give Smith credit, at least he made the tackle. The rest of his teammates would have done well to try to emulate him sometime during the game.

    Where was the vaunted Vikings defense we have been reading so much about? MIA

  41. Where's Bud Grant when you need him? says: Oct 20, 2012 9:12 AM

    3rdstringsuperhero says:Oct 19, 2012 8:45 PM

    $15,750 is the standard fine for all Horse collar tackles this year.
    The flag was thrown, so the fine was imposed.
    Move along, nothing to see here…
    unless you want some cheese with your wine.

    *******************************

    It’s cheese with your “whine” not wine…. it’s a play on words… COME ON MAN!!!

  42. h1ndrix says: Oct 20, 2012 9:24 AM

    I love the idiots and the “horse teeth” comments. Are you guys drinking a juice box while you type? I guess when you’re watching a rookie dominate the league while your team has a guy like Ponder or Vick, etc. you struggle to find ways to vent your frustration.

  43. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Oct 20, 2012 10:26 AM

    pack13queens0 says:Oct 19, 2012 9:48 PM

    Harrison Smith is the dirtiest player in the game. He really needs to be suspended before someone gets seriously hurt. Bad enough the previous week when he assaulted an official without even being provoked.
    __________

    Come on, man. You’re making the bit too obvious. You have to be much more subtle for us to believe that you really mean it.

  44. bahamallama says: Oct 20, 2012 10:27 AM

    You don’t have to just grab the pads:

    Owners voted 25-7 in 2006 to expand the rule to include tackles by the back of the jersey in addition to tackles by the shoulder pads.

    So by definition that was a horse collar.

  45. kwickett85 says: Oct 20, 2012 10:42 AM

    The money goes to charities.

  46. filthymcnasty1 says: Oct 20, 2012 10:51 AM

    The Vikings sure love their dirty players.

  47. gdeli says: Oct 20, 2012 11:35 AM

    that’s why the vikes have had wimpy safeties in the past huh? ha but yes, rules are rules and you gotta play clean.

  48. linemanguy74 says: Oct 20, 2012 11:50 AM

    I bet Pack receivers are looking forward to running patterns in the middle of field with both eyes looking for Smith

  49. 69allday says: Oct 20, 2012 12:06 PM

    What Smith should have done is hit him hard-to show him he is gonna get creamed if he keeps running the ball-but I’m sure he would’ve gotten fined for that too.

  50. tjacks7 says: Oct 20, 2012 12:57 PM

    that wasn’t even a horse collar. not only did the all-world officials get it wrong, the league got it wrong in slow motion. who reviews these calls?

  51. redskins751 says: Oct 20, 2012 1:18 PM

    69allday says:
    Oct 20, 2012 12:06 PM
    What Smith should have done is hit him hard-to show him he is gonna get creamed if he keeps running the ball-but I’m sure he would’ve gotten fined for that too.

    ————————————————————

    Right because there aren’t tons of hits on Griffin. Most are legal and are not flagged or fined. Including the hit that gave Griffin the concussion. I’d say that was a hard hit, would you?

  52. jwreck says: Oct 20, 2012 1:47 PM

    zachhauz says: Oct 19, 2012 8:17 PM

    open palm on rg3s back that was a phenomenal tackle not a horse collar. I was shocked it got a flag let alone this bs
    _______
    “a phenomenal tackle”? There’s no clearer way to say “I didn’t see the game, but here’s my opinion anyway.”

    Leaving the whole issue of whether his hand was inside Griffin’s shoulderpads/jersey (it clearly was); Griffin was running out bounds, on a first down, when the horse collar occurred, which makes it not so much “phenomenal” as “pointless and stupid”.

    If Griffin had been one step ahead of where he actually was, he would have been out of bounds and Smith would have gotten the horse-collar and an unnecessary roughness. Good player, dumb play: these things happen. Not a big deal in the long run, or even in the course of that game.

  53. skinfangray says: Oct 20, 2012 1:54 PM

    alldayap says: Oct 19, 2012 11:32 PM

    He didnt even get flagged for it…….

    Actually, he did get flagged. But don’t let facts get in the way of your opinion.

    69allday says:
    Oct 20, 2012 12:06 PM
    What Smith should have done is hit him hard-to show him he is gonna get creamed if he keeps running the ball-but I’m sure he would’ve gotten fined for that too.

    Yeah, because I am sure that Smith set out to NOT hit him hard. I know you are salty about giving up a 76 YARD TD to a quarterback, but you need to let it go.

  54. chubrock50 says: Oct 20, 2012 2:23 PM

    I think the Redskins broke into the Naval academy and stole the playbook. Next year the Redskins will be irrelevant again cause that offense will only work for a couple of weeks. The Vikings did not stop it when they needed to, they were not prepared to see a college offense on gameday in the NFL.

  55. vikingfan1971 says: Oct 20, 2012 3:05 PM

    I cant wait till we play greenbay to shut up some of those packer whiners and our players are not dirty

  56. jwreck says: Oct 20, 2012 6:07 PM

    chubrock50 says: Oct 20, 2012 2:23 PM

    I think the Redskins broke into the Naval academy and stole the playbook. Next year the Redskins will be irrelevant again cause that offense will only work for a couple of weeks. The Vikings did not stop it when they needed to, they were not prepared to see a college offense on gameday in the NFL.
    _____
    The Redskins gameplan and the Vikings gameplan both featured two designed wildcat runs, just because Griffin can scramble for a couple yards rather than take a sack or throw the ball out of bounds on a broken passing play doesn’t make it a college offense, it just means they have a talented scrambling quarterback, like Young, Tarkenton, Montana, or Archie Manning.

  57. teamnorsecore says: Oct 20, 2012 6:32 PM

    pack13queens0 says:
    Oct 19, 2012 9:48 PM
    Harrison Smith is the dirtiest player in the game. He really needs to be suspended before someone gets seriously hurt. Bad enough the previous week when he assaulted an official without even being provoked.
    ………..
    It took a while, but I knew your typical Packer fan would “bless” us with a comment like this. Example “A” of Packer nation.

  58. teamnorsecore says: Oct 20, 2012 6:37 PM

    contrasuxbalz says:
    Oct 19, 2012 10:01 PM
    teamnorsecore says: Oct 19, 2012 7:18 PM

    Packer Fans…..opinions? I’m sure you will bless us all with great, smug comments per usual.
    ________________
    Let it go already. The entire nation sided with Green Bay because it does not get any more obvious than that (unless you are a Seattle idiot. Additionally most agree with the 49ers assessment of the Seahawks corners as well.
    …………
    Example “B” of Packer fan nation. contrasuxbalz, what does this comment have to do with Harrison Smith, his fine, the Vikings or anything discussed? Who cares about the Packer-Seahawk game outside of Sconi? Why did you even post this comment?

  59. fijabbersman345 says: Oct 20, 2012 7:42 PM

    I love the idiots and the “horse teeth” comments. Are you guys drinking a juice box while you type? I guess when you’re watching a rookie dominate the league while your team has a guy like Ponder or Vick, etc. you struggle to find ways to vent your frustration.

    ————————–

    Really bro? You’re going to put Ponder in that sentence? He’s improved a lot, so I don’t know why you’re lashing out. RGIII is talented, but he’s the only player on your team. Good luck winning with no draft picks the next 3 years. Win 3 games and this is what Skins fans start doing?

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