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Von Miller’s $25,000 fine raises specter of suspension

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Broncos linebacker Von Miller is a candidate for the NFL’s defensive player of the year award. But if he’s not careful, he may soon be a candidate for a suspension as well.

The NFL has confirmed that Miller was fined $25,000 for striking Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman below the knee area last week. Miller, who was given a 15-yard penalty for that hit on Freeman, has now been fined enough times for illegal hits that he risks the NFL deciding that fines just aren’t getting the message through to him, and that suspensions are next.

Among Miller’s other fines: He was fined $21,000 for a hit on Cam Newton last month. He was fined $7,500 for a late hit against the Patriots in the playoffs in January. He was fined $25,000 for a hit on Mark Sanchez in November of 2011. And he was fined $15,000 for a hit on Carson Palmer in November of 2011.

That’s five fines in Miller’s last 24 games. The NFL has made clear that it will suspend repeat offenders if fines aren’t getting the point across, and Miller now appears to be a prime candidate for one of those suspensions.

The good news for Miller is that when the NFL fined Ravens safety Ed Reed for his third helmet-to-helmet hit of the last three seasons, Reed won his appeal. But that doesn’t mean the NFL is done handing out suspensions for repeated illegal hits. A suspension of Miller would be a huge blow to the Broncos, but if he keeps racking up fines, a suspension is coming.

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40 Responses to “Von Miller’s $25,000 fine raises specter of suspension”
  1. Steeley McBeam says: Dec 7, 2012 6:15 PM

    James Harrison would have been suspended twice by now…

  2. kevo126 says: Dec 7, 2012 6:17 PM

    so ed reed gets suspended for 3 hits yet miller hasnt been suspended for 5 hits. makes sense…

  3. ud1hens says: Dec 7, 2012 6:21 PM

    The NFL is so inconsistent in their penalties it’s laughable. So what it is Roger? 3 helmet to helmets in 3 years? 5 fines for illegal hits in 24 games? It’s like the commissioner and his staff just play, “pick a card, any card” and that’s what they hand down. Zero consistency equals zero basis for fines/suspensions.

  4. ghostofnflpresent says: Dec 7, 2012 6:24 PM

    The NFL has always been a fast paced/psychical sport.

    It is apparent, Roger and these fines are ruining the game!

  5. ilovefootball2525 says: Dec 7, 2012 6:30 PM

    Roger had a bad day at the track..time to fine players. What, he had a good day..ok, no fines this weekend. It’s ridiculous. He’s an idiot.

  6. Steeley McBeam says: Dec 7, 2012 6:37 PM

    Why cant they just standardize it? 3 fines for illegal hits regarless of flag, injury or body part warrents a one game suspension. Or 5. Or 2. Whatever.

    Whats not correct is fining Harrison for his second, Reed for his 3rd then backtracking, and Von Miller nothing for 5.

    As a Steelers fan Im all about the Steelers being punished for not playing within the rules. My problem is the rules seem to be different for different players. This is Harrison and Ryan Clarks issue too. If they deserve a suspension, based on rule, then ok. But THERE IS NO RULE.

  7. worldchampsbaby says: Dec 7, 2012 6:38 PM

    He is Lawrence Taylor reincarnated,oh thats right the dirt bag is still alive.Ok Derrick Thomas reincarnated!!

  8. soundsofsuccess7 says: Dec 7, 2012 6:46 PM

    Vons not even a dirty player.. may as well put flags on the QBs..

  9. lanman11 says: Dec 7, 2012 6:47 PM

    This will not happen because of the potential negative effect it would have on the orchestrated “Manning for MVP” and “The Manning Bowl” campaigns that are underway. Book it.

  10. stairwayto7 says: Dec 7, 2012 6:50 PM

    Suspend him the 1st playoff game..we all know Peyton will choke in the playoffs..yet again

  11. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Dec 7, 2012 6:57 PM

    Typical cheap shot Donkey…that’s how they have always played.

  12. yssupasigninnamnotyep says: Dec 7, 2012 6:59 PM

    But he won’t get suspended because he plays for the NFL’s new little darlings…and they get away with cheap shots more than most.

  13. acanniv says: Dec 7, 2012 7:07 PM

    Watch the play, morons. He fell down into Freeman’s leg. No intention to hit him below the knee whatsoever. It was BS when the flag was thrown and this fine is total BS. Miller is not a dirty player at all. Give me a break.

  14. ftcsubs says: Dec 7, 2012 7:10 PM

    its only the steelers and ravens that get posterized by the leagues policy’s. other teams dont have the eye from the league. its funny whats let go and called on the 2 respective teams

  15. EJ says: Dec 7, 2012 7:14 PM

    The NFL has to either set certain rules and stick with them, or It could be said that the League is being biased and unfair. One player gets suspended for 3 late hits, another has 5 hits and is still playing. Maybe something like so:

    1 late hit= $5,000
    2 late hits = $10,000
    3 late hits = $20,000 + 1 game suspension
    4 late hits = $40,000 + 3 games suspension
    5 late hits = $80,000 + 5 games suspension
    6 in one season = Full year suspension

    That way if the player doesn’t get the point after the 3rd, 4th or 5th violation, maybe the full seasons suspension will make it clear that the NFL means business when it comes to player safety.

  16. johntonioholmes says: Dec 7, 2012 7:16 PM

    Hmm, 4 fines in 2 seasons got James Harrison suspended…

    Interesting…

  17. judsonjr says: Dec 7, 2012 7:32 PM

    I can’t remember all of these, but 2 of these were for the lame “helmet between the #’s” hits. To me these type of hits are more accidents than anything else.

    Driving the QB into the ground, horse collaring, launching your helmet into the offensive player’s head, and spearing down player are the types of hits that deserve to be looked at as suspension worthy.

    If you let these suspensions come on random criteria then anyone who gets enough pressures on the QB will probably end up being punished just because the ability to hit the QB legally is getting tougher.

  18. thegreatgabbert says: Dec 7, 2012 7:34 PM

    At first Von thought it was just a pile of dirty laundry in the corner of his bedroom. Then it began to move. And raise itself, higher and higher, until it towered over him.

    OMG, it was The Specter Of Suspension!

  19. mintberrycrunch1 says: Dec 7, 2012 7:47 PM

    Fans want to see the best players out on the field, not suspended for BS.

  20. skywalkerplc3 says: Dec 7, 2012 7:57 PM

    It seems to me if you are going to comment on one’s career you probably need to be watching them week after week. Why the Steeler fans are jealous the Broncos have one of the great pass rushers of all time is the only cheap shot here! First the flag shouldnt have even been thrown last week if you watched it!! Second the NFL has become a touch football league and that is why they are not consistent week in an out. Goodell needs to be replaced and let’s let the guys play football and tell them what the rules are: The NFL has to either set certain rules and stick with them, or It could be said that the League is being biased and unfair.

    If we have no kickoffs and no pass rush we could call the NFL the TFL (Touch Football League) and have basketball scores each week. This would ruin the game….Goodell are you listening!

  21. sixburghrules says: Dec 7, 2012 8:30 PM

    As a Steeler fan I think this is BS. Fines are BS. Suspensions are BS. There is no system in places to place players under suspension or fine them. Place some consistency in this. Make it a point system or something. This random dolling out of fines/suspensions are ridiculous!

  22. Just a Fan says: Dec 7, 2012 8:42 PM

    ‘It seems to me if you are going to comment on one’s career you probably need to be watching them week after week. Why the Steeler fans are jealous the Broncos have one of the great pass rushers of all time is the only cheap shot here!”
    —————————————————-

    First of all—– what career? Dude, he has played in a total of 28 games(30 in you count post season)!

    Second………”Why the Steeler fans are jealous the Broncos have one of the great pass rushers of all time is the only cheap shot here!”

    What the hell does this even mean?????Von Miller one of the Greatest????? Really? I really like the guy, but talent doesn’t make you great. Not yet anyway. James Harrison is not even one of the greatest. Look at Demarcus Wares stats, that dude IS one of the greatest pass rushers of all time. He has the stats year after year.

  23. azwildcats96 says: Dec 7, 2012 8:55 PM

    There’s a huge difference between incidental contact and purposeful, malicious tackling. I agree that if a quarterback is in the pocket, standing still, his knees should be protected from people INTENTIONALLY targeting them. But if a QB is running away to avoid contact you should be allowed to dive at his feet and legs to make a tackle.

  24. bigdawg24 says: Dec 7, 2012 9:02 PM

    Denver never gets touched. Too much $$ at steak for NFL that Manning is in the playoffs at full force.

  25. koenig61 says: Dec 7, 2012 9:04 PM

    When this was happening to James Harrison, lots of fans said it was well deserved and Harrison was a repeat offender and therefore needed to be suspended, because fines were not changing Harrison’s style of play. Now when it’s a player for your team, you say Miller shouldn’t be suspended? The bottom line is this, neither Harrison not miller are dirty players, they play the game up to the edge the way it was played for years, and players are having a hard time trying to adjust their game to the new rules. However the rules have been in place for 3 years now, players have been suspended, and players like Miller need to fall under the same guidelines players like Harrison had to adjust to. The league could settle all of this and just come out with a fine system that ultimately results in suspension. I’m sure the players are just as confused as us fans are when it comes to Goodells system of fines and punishment.

  26. isphet71 says: Dec 7, 2012 9:56 PM

    Harrison, Suh, Miller. New target for the witch hunt?

  27. malvaren18 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:04 PM

    Let The boys play!

  28. broncosfan29 says: Dec 7, 2012 10:11 PM

    the nfl is turning into a joke. they should just have the qb’s wear flags.

  29. chattanola says: Dec 7, 2012 10:20 PM

    I’m uncomfortable with all these willy-nilly, post facto fines. When it comes to the integrity of the game, how are we not to wonder if someone in the league is trying to steer the outcome of the season?

    For this reason, the NFLPA should be (if they’re not already) all over this.

  30. thejuddstir says: Dec 7, 2012 11:18 PM

    Ed Reed and James Harrison gotta be laughing their azz off. Talk about different standards for different players. This is my biggest issue with Goodell and the NFL, the disparity in how fines and suspensions are meted out. How does 5 times in less than two full seasons not earn a suspension……how does Suh-sie pulling his crap after the play time after time not get him a progressive suspension????? This is where you’re losing the fans Mr. Goodell……you need to straighten this chit out….and soon.

  31. harrisonhits2 says: Dec 7, 2012 11:41 PM

    The difference between the number of times players are getting fined before suspensions is that the ones getting suspended after fewer fines are those whose fines are all for helmet to helmet hits.

    There are not 4000 former players suing the NFL for leg injuries while there are for concussions. That’s the difference.

    So Reed and Harrison who have made numerous helmet to helmet hits are going to be targeted for suspension sooner than players who simply injure someone’s leg.

  32. scrotiemcb says: Dec 7, 2012 11:44 PM

    I’ve watched every snap of Miller’s career, and the fine against the Pats is the only legit dirty play he’s perpetrated (sorry for the hard word, Raider fans). I get the whole player safety thing– for example, the flag on the Freeman play was simultaneously righteous and ridiculous– but Miller will stay playing because the NFL seems to be able to differentiate between accidental and pure dirty.

    …at least, I hope that is and remains the case.

  33. phuzzyd says: Dec 8, 2012 1:53 AM

    Let’s be honest about what the fans really want to see. The NFL is a modern day Roman Colosseum and the fans want to see physical, hard hitting action mixed with skill & well orchestrated plays. Injuries are an integral part of the mix.

    Not only do the fans want to all that, they pay ridiculous amounts of money via, tickets, team gear, concessions, and biggest of all the potential return on broadcast advertising (TV contracts pay exorbitant amounts of money to NFL teams) to see all those things.

    My opinion is a bit crass, but NFL players get compensated very well for a reason. A lot of these injuries are just an occupational hazard and they get paid very well to assume that risk.

  34. 6thsense79 says: Dec 8, 2012 2:22 AM

    The way these fines are handed out without any regards to intent is the biggest joke of all. It’s similar to the laziness I see in schools with zero tolerance policies that gives a kid the same punishment for possessing advil as they would get for weed. Or for accidentally having a scout pocket knife in their backpack which gets treated the same as a gun. All these get tough laws that leaves little room for judgement is idiotic. 3 strike laws in which a person’s 3rd strike could be nothing more than possession of small of weed can get a person life. Or the insane Rockefeller drug laws. I can go on and on.

  35. denverscott says: Dec 8, 2012 2:33 AM

    scrotiemcb says: Dec 7, 2012 11:44 PM

    I’ve watched every snap of Miller’s career, and the fine against the Pats is the only legit dirty play he’s perpetrated (sorry for the hard word, Raider fans). I get the whole player safety thing– for example, the flag on the Freeman play was simultaneously righteous and ridiculous– but Miller will stay playing because the NFL seems to be able to differentiate between accidental and pure dirty.

    …at least, I hope that is and remaim…..wamblance!

  36. salutethis says: Dec 8, 2012 3:37 AM

    Seriously, if you are comparing Harrison and Miller as dirty players then you are obviously reading articles, not watching these guys play.

  37. JP says: Dec 8, 2012 4:01 AM

    James Harrison is an unintelligent gun-toting derelict who deserves to be suspended, Steely McBeam. Nothing like Von Miller.

  38. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Dec 8, 2012 8:15 AM

    this guy just loves to hit qbs dirty. we got every broncos homer scoffing at this guy getting fined for career ending type hits on franchise qbs. what a crock! how would you feel if he was the guy going after payton manning?

  39. spellingcops says: Dec 8, 2012 1:28 PM

    Dec 7, 2012, 4:50 PM MST
    Suspend him the 1st playoff game..we all know Peyton will choke in the playoffs..yet again
    —————
    But at least they won’t be sent home by a fullback playing quarterback. You should probably think before you type imbecile.

  40. trevor2755 says: Dec 9, 2012 6:04 PM

    The difference between Millers penalties and fines and those of other players is that his have been hustle plays and usually unavoidable things like hitting the qb too low, he’s only had his hit on Sanchez last year, and his hit on Schaub this year that were actually flagrant fouls on a qb. Also the league doesn’t care about the one against the Pats because he did it to a lineman which is also why it was a lesser fine, if he did it to a qb he most likely would have gotten a suspension right there.

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