Ravens’ Paul Kruger will appeal fine for pulling his jersey up too high

AP

Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger frequently wears his jersey tight and pulled up high, presumably because it makes it harder for opposing offensive linemen to grab it. But now that habit has proved costly for Kruger.

The NFL has fined Kruger $5,000 for violating the league’s uniform rules with the way he’s wearing his jersey, which exposes the back flap of his shoulder pads. Kruger said he was surprised that the fine letter came without anyone ever telling him that there was anything wrong with the way he wears his jersey.

I’m going to appeal it,” Kruger told the Baltimore Sun. “I didn’t even get a warning about it. They just fined me.”

Kruger committed a more serious violation of the NFL’s rules on Sunday when he picked up a roughing the passer penalty for a hit on Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, setting up the Steelers in field goal range. Kruger said the NFL hasn’t told him whether he’ll be fined for that hit.

31 responses to “Ravens’ Paul Kruger will appeal fine for pulling his jersey up too high

  1. The whole ravens team should be fined for impersonating a NFL team. And why isn’t flacco in the CFL? God he’s awful!!!

  2. To be honest, The first time I saw this I thought how is that not illegal. He probably knows its illegal, but he should have been granted a warning before a fine.

  3. I disagree with Kruger. Don’t the players have numbers for a reason? Most positions have a somewhat assigned range of numbers until they run out. Could also run into issues of eligible and ineligible and recievers.

  4. I’m pretty sure the uniform policy was his warning… Can’t blame him for trying though. It’s not like $5K is gonna break the guy…

  5. The league has gone overboard with the fines! They need to slowdown and allow the game to be played. That said, I hope he has to wear a baggy jersey against the skins!

  6. Hey steelersown you, I’m a Steeler fan, and I’m also Canadian , we don’t want or need Flacco in the cfl !

  7. He deserved a warning it is only fair. However he should get fined for an intentional late hit on C Batch. That was with intent to hurt him beyond a normal hit during a rush of the passer. Nata got away with one in an earlier series. I guess karma is catching up with Harbag and his boys…..priceless.

  8. Explain this one to me, there is a guy who is paid to check for this stuff every week, right? So since Kruger has been wearing it EXACTLY like that for all 12 games, essentially that guy was wrong 11 out of 12 times, right? Folks go mess up in your respective line of work and let me know how that works out for ya.

  9. Rules are rules. The league can’t send warning letters to everyone who breaks them. Not knowing the rules doesn’t mean there shouldn’t be any punishment for breaking them.

    Greatest example in recent history: Schwartz throwing challenge flag.

  10. If Kruger would just spend 20 minutes reading the NFL policies, rules and regulations then he would know that any altering of the uniform is illegal and unacceptable. Just because you didn’t read the rules doesn’t mean you should have to have someone warn you about it. $5000 seems appropriate, its going to charity anyway right?

  11. bh83 says:Dec 6, 2012 3:44 PM

    I disagree with Kruger. Don’t the players have numbers for a reason? Most positions have a somewhat assigned range of numbers until they run out. Could also run into issues of eligible and ineligible and recievers.
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    Numbers dont matter for the defense. No eligible or ineligible receivers there

  12. The league hires former player, in each city to patrol the sidelines looking for uniform infractions.That official is to warn the player BEFORE the game starts, and the camera begins to roll,of any infraction. If there was no warning, there will be no fine on appeal. In Baltimore, former safety ,Bruce Laird is THAT guy!

  13. I like all the comments that he should just read the rule book. Guys push the envelope with the rules all the time. If it was a violation, he is right, the Guy that is paid to tell people about uniform violations (can you imagine if that was your job?), should have notified him during pregame workouts. Regardless, Kruger has stepped up and played well lately.

    By the way, losing to Batch at home was inexcusable but give him and the Steelers credit, they stepped up and won the game. That does not mean the ravens suck though. For gods sake the steelers lost to the raiders! It happens boys. Especially in rivalry games. Kudos to the steelers for getting the job done and stealing one. Now the ravens need to get back to work and move on like they normally do following a loss.

  14. @jdfrox

    Finally a ravens fan with some common sense! I agree totally with you. It’s a shame that most raven fans on here are more like ravenator, and less like you. I will add I know there are some obnoxious Steeler fans as well!

  15. He was penalized for a late hit, but he should have also been penalized for making contact with the Qb’s head. Fine him for both!

  16. dontstabmeray says:
    Dec 6, 2012 7:53 PM
    ravens lost to a 38 year old 3rd string qb. they stink.

    Did you forget the steelers lost to a 37 year old, 2nd string quarterback in week 6?

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