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Martez Wilson flagged but not fined for hit on Michael Vick

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On the first possession of Monday night’s game in New Orleans, Saints defensive end Martez Wilson sacked Eagles quarterback Michael Vick on a third down, apparently ending the Eagles’ drive. But the referee threw a flag on Wilson for a helmet-to-helmet hit, giving Philadelphia 15 yard and an automatic first down and extending the drive.

Now the NFL has tacitly acknowledged that the flag was thrown in error.

The league office has confirmed to PFT that Wilson was not fined for the play, which indicates that on review, the NFL saw nothing that Wilson did wrong on the play.

The NFL generally doesn’t come right out and say when an official makes a mistake, but this was a mistake: It wasn’t roughing the passer because there was no pass on the play, and although Wilson’s helmet did collide with Vick’s helmet, it was a head-on collision that took place when Vick ducked his own head in an attempt to avoid pressure from the outside, and Wilson ran straight into him. That’s just good football, not a penalty.

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10 Responses to “Martez Wilson flagged but not fined for hit on Michael Vick”
  1. baldy55 says: Nov 9, 2012 5:28 PM

    The NFL tells the refs to throw the flag if its to close to call. This is crap. If they see its a helmet to helmet hit then throw the flag. If they miss one they can always fine the player after. They can’t take back the flag that might cost a team the game.

  2. evilbilly3 says: Nov 9, 2012 5:35 PM

    “That’s just good football, not a penalty”

    That’s not good football, that’s a weak O-line. You don’t get the 32nd defense by playing good football. Maybe the Saints should start back the pools and then they might get back to being a defense.

  3. chad504boy says: Nov 9, 2012 5:58 PM

    Actually he didn’t even hit Vicks helmet either, hit shoulder pad.

  4. huskylawyer says: Nov 9, 2012 6:00 PM

    I’ve seen about 1000 alleged illegal hits on QBs (especially Brady) where there is a flag and a fine. And they are much lamer that this hit. Maybe Vick was right when he said that he doesn’t get breaks from the refs and the league.

    And his O-line is the worst I’ve ever seen in organized football.

  5. crawfish2011 says: Nov 9, 2012 7:24 PM

    That was a terrible call. Vick dropped his heat.

  6. lightcleric says: Nov 9, 2012 7:57 PM

    I understand player safety but like people have pointed out, it’s going to ruin the game. You can’t go low on quarterbacks, you can’t go high on them, you can’t hit them in they duck into the hit…you can’t do anything without a ref throwing a flag when he doesn’t even have a good angle on what happened.

  7. koenig61 says: Nov 9, 2012 8:28 PM

    Has the NFL came out and said the flag on Ryan Clark’s hit on Cruz was wrong?

  8. ilovefoolsball says: Nov 9, 2012 9:51 PM

    evilbilly3 says:
    Nov 9, 2012 5:35 PM
    “That’s just good football, not a penalty”

    That’s not good football, that’s a weak O-line. You don’t get the 32nd defense by playing good football. Maybe the Saints should start back the pools and then they might get back to being a defense.
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    I think it’s fairly obvious to everyone but you that the article writer was referring to this one particular play and not the entire season that you so willingly took the liberty in schooling us on.
    Thank you for that. You’re a real credit to this community.

  9. sariff420 says: Nov 10, 2012 1:58 AM

    If it was Brady or Luck, a fine would be coming

  10. evilbilly3 says: Nov 10, 2012 8:56 AM

    “I think it’s fairly obvious to everyone but you that the article writer was referring to this one particular play and not the entire season that you so willingly took the liberty in schooling us on.
    Thank you for that. You’re a real credit to this community.”
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    Apologies. As a Saints fan, a mere few minutes of defensive highlights does not compensate for a overall lousy defense. To be able to laugh at the the things that bother you helps not to be bitter. You are right, it was a good play.

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