Defensive players frequently get fined for hits on quarterbacks, so it’s only fair that when a quarterback commits a personal foul against a defensive player, he gets fined, too.
That’s what happened to Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, who on Sunday was flagged for a horse-collar tackle on Bears cornerback Kelvin Hayden after Hayden scooped up a fumble and was running toward the end zone. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the NFL has fined Hasselbeck $15,750 for that horse-collar tackle.
A $15,750 fine for a horse-collar tackle is the normal punishment, and quarterbacks aren’t exempt from the rules, so this comes as no surprise. Hasselbeck made his tackle at the Titans’ 4-yard line, the penalty moved the ball up to the 2-yard line, and two plays later the Bears scored their final touchdown of the game to take a 51-12 lead.