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Alphonso Smith fined 15k for horse-collar tackle

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Alphonso Smith has played one game this season, and he might have played it for free.

The Lions cornerback was fined $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle on Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall Monday, according to Anwar Richardson of MLive.com.

The Lions signed him a week ago, and he’s making the prorated portion of a $615,000 annual salary. That comes to $36,176 per week, which means after Uncle Sam and the NFL’s designated charities get their cut, Smith’s not going to have much left.

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11 Responses to “Alphonso Smith fined 15k for horse-collar tackle”
  1. pbizzy729 says: Oct 27, 2012 10:58 AM

    That was not a horse collar, shouldn’t have been flagged and now this, the NFL needs to just switch to flags and call it a day.

  2. lionsdraftguy says: Oct 27, 2012 11:14 AM

    Fined for something that WASNT even a horse collar. Just gotta help those Bears out any way they can. Just like 2 years ago when Suh destroyed Cutler well beyond the line of scrimmage, but we gotta protect baby boy Cutler.

  3. waterfalldungeon says: Oct 27, 2012 11:17 AM

    You mean he only gets to make 20,000 bucks for one game now?

    You’ll have to excuse me for not feeling too bad for him!

  4. wussbasket says: Oct 27, 2012 11:24 AM

    appeal coming in…3…2…1….

  5. truefootballinsight says: Oct 27, 2012 11:29 AM

    Isn’t that why they use penalties on the field!? Jeez a bunch of sissys

  6. snaponrules says: Oct 27, 2012 11:55 AM

    Huge Bears fans and IMO that was no horse collar tackle and shouldn’t have been flagged or fined.
    Does dispel the notion that being fined or not proves it was a legal or illegal cheap shot. Since donkey kong should have been fined for trying to injure another player.

  7. Deb says: Oct 27, 2012 12:02 PM

    Seriously? Fines should be save for ridiculous, over-the-top acts that are clearly outside the boundaries. Why fine simple penalties? That’s what flags are for! If a horse-collar is flagged on the field, the incident is over. So now are we going to see fines for holding penalties and pass interference, too? If field penalties are irrelevant, why don’t we just pull the officials, let them play, and fine them later?

    The NFLPA should never have agreed to a contract that granted unlimited power to a Commissioner who already has a God complex. And how many head injuries have his methods prevented? That’s what it’s all about … right?

  8. sowcrates says: Oct 27, 2012 12:33 PM

    He didn’t grab the inside of the shoulder pads, the letter of the law, BUT you see Alphonso Smith using all of his body weight to yank Brandon Marshall straight down, perpendicular to his motion.

    Watch the play again and watch Brandon Marshall’s left knee, and you’ll see why they fined it.

    You don’t have to like it, but there’s no questioning that Smith’s tackle, even if not technically a horse collar, posed an extrem risk to Marshall’s knees, and that’s why they fined it.

  9. bennyb82 says: Oct 27, 2012 12:37 PM

    How long before the nfl starts fining guys for an offsides penalty?

  10. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 27, 2012 1:09 PM

    That’s ok Smith doesn’t need money to play this game, he has pride now. Thanks for saving us a TD with that goal-line PD last week!

  11. jmacphee9 says: Oct 29, 2012 2:39 AM

    sowcrates says:
    Oct 27, 2012 12:33 PM
    You don’t have to like it, but there’s no questioning that Smith’s tackle, even if not technically a horse collar, posed an extrem risk to Marshall’s knees, and that’s why they fined it.

    this is football, plenty of tackles pose extreme risks to plenty of body parts. no way to prevent it. no logical excuse for this fine, or the cost of it.

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