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Kyle Arrington fined $21,000 for latest shot on Luck

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Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington was fined $21,000 for a helmet-to-helmet shot on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, and the Colts are beginning to think their guy’s being targeted.

According to Mike Chappell of the Indianapolis Star, Arrington makes the seventh Colts opponent to be fined for hitting Luck, and the tally is up to $97,500.

Luck hasn’t bristled at the rough treatment he’s getting, but those around him have.

“It’s inevitable,’’ veteran defensive end Cory Redding said. “When you’re a rookie, guys are going to take shots at you. Period. You’ve got to earn your stripes.’’

“When you’re the first pick in the draft, guys are going to be gunning for you,’’ offensive tackle Winston Justice added.

Colts interim coach Bruce Arians said he’s made his feelings known the the league, regularly sending in tape for review.

“You keep sending in and ask ‘What’s going to be done?’’’ Arians said. “There’s really nothing you can do. You just have to keep playing the game. You can’t play in fear of it.’’

To his credit, Luck hasn’t pitched a fit over this. Just as veteran baseball pitchers have smaller strike zones than rookies, older quarterbacks of a certain status undoubtedly receive more protection from officials.

Of course, if the Colts don’t spend the next few offseasons providing better protection for Luck, the blame for the hits he’s taking will swing back to them.

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16 Responses to “Kyle Arrington fined $21,000 for latest shot on Luck”
  1. logicalvoicesays says: Nov 23, 2012 5:30 PM

    Yet when RGIII gets a cheapshot, the league turns a blindeye. Kudos RGIII, you keep getting wins and big time moments and the rest of the league will have no choice but to respect you and the Redskins. RGIII = Clear Rookie of the year and best QB since John Elway in the NFL.

  2. strctlylo says: Nov 23, 2012 5:35 PM

    veteran pitchers have larger strike zones than rookie pitchers.

    let’s stick to football here fellas.

  3. hawkjuice says: Nov 23, 2012 6:07 PM

    Seems like the league is trying to protect luck with all these fines. Its like they see him as their next poster boy.

  4. jboyxl73 says: Nov 23, 2012 6:19 PM

    He’s being targeted by the refs protecting him …..

  5. endzone says: Nov 23, 2012 6:20 PM

    So then players are all just playing lip service to the emphasis by the league to greater safety with their fingers crossed behind their backs. If they were to think about it maybe they would realize for the betterment of all their careers we need the rookies to do more than survive. They need to thrive. Fans will enraged if the game loses the likes of Luck or RG3. Players of their caliber are rarely born.

  6. jboyxl73 says: Nov 23, 2012 6:24 PM

    His personality is that of the goofy kid brother RGIII seems more put together even though Luck clearly is intelligent and can play the game he appears disheveled and a hot mess during press conferences and when he has a bad play his coach coddles him so I think the league thinks of him more childlike than they do RGIII or any of the other QB’s

  7. Sarcasm says: Nov 23, 2012 6:28 PM

    This kid is getting far better treatment than say Brees/Brady/Manning. Heck a couple of them were ticky tack at best.

    Arians just needs to quit crying because he’s received more gifts than their opponents have been given.

  8. sariff420 says: Nov 23, 2012 8:30 PM

    ” To his credit, Luck hasn’t pitched a fit over this. Just as veteran baseball pitchers have smaller strike zones than rookies, older quarterbacks of a certain status undoubtedly receive more protection from officials.”

    Not only does this guy get this statement wrong ( Luck gets the same if not more preferential treatment from the refs than guys like Manning/Brady/Brees) but he also gets his whole analogy wrong. Veteran baseball pitchers have LARGER strike zones than rooks. At least that’s what it should be in the context of the comparison that this writer is trying to propose

  9. rg3andout says: Nov 23, 2012 8:53 PM

    et when RGIII gets a cheapshot, the league turns a blindeye. Kudos RGIII, you keep getting wins and big time moments and the rest of the league will have no choice but to respect you and the Redskins. RGIII = Clear Rookie of the year and best QB since John Elway in the NFL.

    get a life and a clue, rg3 is decent, but yal skins fans are praising him as high almighty, be humble and accept it

  10. ddogdaddy says: Nov 23, 2012 9:45 PM

    So the refs and the NFL are conspiring against every player in the league to protect 1 player? It is unbelievable that someone could be so idiotic to actually put that in writing.

  11. eventhorizon04 says: Nov 23, 2012 10:13 PM

    ……Two choices:

    Luck plays like a traditional pocket QB (Manning and Brady) who makes quick throws.

    OR

    Luck plays like a “mobile” QB who keeps plays alive with his legs but leaves himself vulnerable to hard hits.

    If Luck wants to play like Ben Roethlisberger, he has to realize he’s going to take hits like Big Ben – and risk getting injured, like Big Ben.

  12. lanman11 says: Nov 23, 2012 11:25 PM

    What has gone un-noticed here is that the Colts, and Arians gets the blame for this, left Luck in that game against New England when it was way out of hand and the defense did not have to respect the run. They could go straight after a clearly frustrated Andy Luck. There was nothing to be gained by this, and he was clearly and unnecessarily exposed to injury in a game that had already been decided. This is WAY more egregious than leaving in an experienced starter to control the tempo of the game for his team until the clock runs out.

    What is going to be done about THIS?

    Most media members are simply too lazy to look past the tired old story lines of teams running up the score blah blah blah, hoping for increases in hit count from ignorant fans, to see where the real issues are. Arians should be dressed down for leaving Luck in that game. He could have been badly injured.

  13. diehardtwinsfan says: Nov 23, 2012 11:29 PM

    typically, veteran pitchers have larger strike zones than less established guys.

  14. judsonjr says: Nov 24, 2012 1:43 AM

    Please, you can subtract the Nick Perry hit from that tally. On that play:

    - The Colts left the OLB unblocked
    - Luck somehow didn’t see him coming even though it wasn’t from the blind side.
    - Luck wasn’t hit in the head.

    Perry was fined for “leading with the crown of his helmet”. Fine, but if he didn’t do that and “saw what he was hitting” his facemask would have hit Luck’s facemask and he would have gotten a flag.

    And 20K isn’t bad considering Brad Jones got 15K for just grazing Stafford’s head with his hand after trying to block a pass.

  15. andylucksneck says: Nov 24, 2012 11:55 AM

    Luck is a mush mouth who has been handed at least two wins. RGIII is the rookie of the year, and like Jimmy Johnson stated a candidate for MVP!!! Luck is just a red headed step child. Arians should show Luck RGIII game tape and try to get him to play to that level!!!

    HTTR!!!!

  16. cliverush says: Nov 24, 2012 12:42 PM

    It seems pretty simple to me that the League is saying to the players, “Do not hit another player in the head”. This goes triple for QB’s and WR’s.

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