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Vikings’ Jasper Brinkley fined $21,000 for hit on Calvin Johnson

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The Lions complained after their loss to Minnesota that Vikings players took cheap shots at receiver Calvin Johnson and cornerback Chris Houston. The league office agrees with one of those.

The NFL has confirmed that Vikings linebacker Jasper Brinkley was fined $21,000 for unnecessary roughness for a play on which he made helmet to helmet contact with Johnson while Johnson was a defenseless receiver. It’s the second time this season that a Vikings linebacker has been fined $21,000 for taking a shot at Johnson; Chad Greenway was fined for an illegal hit on Johnson in the teams’ previous meeting.

But as for the hit that Houston complained about it, the NFL said there’s nothing to see there. Houston said Vikings guard Brandon Fusco intentionally took a shot at his ankle, but the NFL has confirmed that Fusco was not fined.

Also fined in the game were Vikings safety Mistral Raymond, who was fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness for a hit on Lions receiver Mikel Leshoure, and Lions receiver Ryan Broyles, who was fined $10,000 for an illegal crackback block on Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield.

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20 Responses to “Vikings’ Jasper Brinkley fined $21,000 for hit on Calvin Johnson”
  1. skoljmack7 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:40 PM

    Bogus fine just like it was a bogus penalty. If you watch the play CJ’s helmet clearly came down on top of Brinkley’s. It was unavoidable and didn’t warrant a flag.

  2. kw93 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:42 PM

    Dirty Pool!

  3. Frazier28/7 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:52 PM

    Can the money be donated to a charity that’ll use it to buy a PSL from the Vikings? Hey-O!

  4. johnnycash19 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:54 PM

    skoljmack7 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:40 PM

    Bogus fine just like it was a bogus penalty. If you watch the play CJ’s helmet clearly came down on top of Brinkley’s. It was unavoidable and didn’t warrant a flag.
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    Why do you care? It’s not your money.

  5. hyzers says: Nov 16, 2012 6:59 PM

    Wow I can’t believe some Vikings fans have the audacity to blame this on CJ. Unreal. Brinkley lowered his head and hit CJ coming from behind. Watch the play. Just like Greenway launched himself and left the ground to hit CJ in the head. Deny all you want but the refs, league office, any objective observer and probably even you know that you are wrong at best and disingenuous at worst.

  6. dobberdubinsky says: Nov 16, 2012 7:12 PM

    2 fines against the Lions……and 2 wins. Coincidence? Good to see the Vikings playing some nasty (call it dirty if you want) defense. Most great defenses play with this sort of style, Pitt, Baltimore in years past. The coaching staff should be proud.

  7. jaykray says: Nov 16, 2012 7:45 PM

    After the last few seasons the Vikings secondary had, I’m OK with this. At least they are showing they are alive.

  8. klunge says: Nov 16, 2012 7:51 PM

    skoljmack7 says: Nov 16, 2012 6:40 PM

    Bogus fine just like it was a bogus penalty. If you watch the play CJ’s helmet clearly came down on top of Brinkley’s. It was unavoidable and didn’t warrant a flag.
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    Call it karma. More bogus calls and non calls go against Detroit than just about any other team. And if you end up winning I guess its worth it.

  9. loslions says: Nov 16, 2012 8:11 PM

    I still don’t get the crackback block penalty. Broyles’ head seamed to clearly be in front of Winfield’s body upon replay.

  10. paulcanavati says: Nov 16, 2012 9:01 PM

    Oh well. THe point is that at the MOMENT, the Vikings are 2-0 in the division. Gonna need to win at least 2 more to make the playoffs

  11. mjkelly77 says: Nov 16, 2012 9:13 PM

    And some say the Lions are a dirty team? Because of the report that Calvin was concussed, the Vikings obviously were trying to make contact with his head. Rabid Vikings fans will say it was hard play. Everybody who watched the game knows it was dirty play.

  12. ndnut says: Nov 16, 2012 10:42 PM

    The Brinkley hit deserved this fine, but Greenway didn’t deserve as large of a fine earlier this year. Chad left the ground before the whistle thinking that Johnson would catch it because he really doesn’t drop passes. Greenway knew that the flag was coming as evidenced in his immediate reaction and deserved a fine much lower than what he received.

  13. deeppurple23 says: Nov 16, 2012 11:23 PM

    Really??? Did they watch it back? Johnson was falling and Brinkley was trailing the play. What a joke.

  14. vikinganswer says: Nov 16, 2012 11:24 PM

    loslions says:
    Nov 16, 2012 8:11 PM
    I still don’t get the crackback block penalty. Broyles’ head seamed to clearly be in front of Winfield’s body upon replay.

    I think it was close. Winfield may have turned late to make it look worse than it was. More of a “didnt need to block low” call which i can always live. WR will some day learn how to block legally. They hold on EVERY block.

  15. vikinganswer says: Nov 16, 2012 11:25 PM

    Lame call and fine. I know its not my money. But if that was called by replacement ref, it would have been on the front page of the newspaper.

  16. deeppurple23 says: Nov 16, 2012 11:29 PM

    By the way, even the guys in booth during the game where calling the flag lame.

  17. Where's Bud Grant when you need him? says: Nov 17, 2012 1:07 AM

    Brinkley’s hit didn’t appear to be intentional. In fact it wasn’t much of a hit at all. The ref saw it as a penalty just like they saw the lions hit on Ponder as a penalty. I thought they were wrong on both calls but at game speed they made a decision to throw the flag. But watching the replay of each hit makes it hard to believe they should have fined Brinkley and thankfully they didn’t fine the Lions DL who barely touched Ponder.

    In the first Lions game Greenway deserved the flag and the penalty. Brinkley doesn’t. Lions fans should be adult enough to admit the truth instead of whining.

    As for Lions DB Houston and his belief that the OG landed on his ankles… His statement that he intentionally cut the legs out from under the OG speaks for itself. Don’t take the legs out from under the guy who might fall on you… Avoid the big slow lineman and make a play instead of whining about cutting him and having him fall on you!!! Come on man as they say.

  18. steelerdynasty2010 says: Nov 17, 2012 6:38 AM

    Nonstop Fine League strikes again!

  19. thetokyosandblaster says: Nov 17, 2012 2:21 PM

    It’s already been said, this was a game against dirty teams. The Vikings played 10 points dirtier.

  20. pack13queens0 says: Nov 19, 2012 7:27 PM

    That hit was intent to injure. I’m glad he got fined but it wasn’t enough. There should have been a suspension as well.

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