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NFL fines Bernard Pollard $15,250 for hit on Wes Welker

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Ravens safety Bernard Pollard was the most vocal critic of Patriots quarterback Tom Brady for trying to kick Baltimore’s Ed Reed in the AFC Championship Game. So it was some measure of vindication for Pollard that Brady was fined $10,000.

Unfortunately for Pollard, he’s now been fined more than Brady: The NFL has confirmed that Pollard was fined $15,250 for a hit on Wes Welker in the AFC Championship Game.

Welker held onto the 24-yard pass from Brady despite Pollard’s vicious hit, and the 15-yard penalty on Pollard gave the Patriots a total gain of 39 yards, moving them from their own 25-yard line to the Ravens’ 36. That was in the third quarter with the Patriots leading 13-7, and it appeared that the home team had all the momentum.

As it turned out, however, the momentum was about to turn toward Baltimore: The Ravens’ defense stopped the Patriots from getting another first down, Bill Belichick made a surprising decision to punt from the Ravens’ 34-yard line, and on the next possession the Ravens marched down the field to score a touchdown and take a lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.

So Pollard’s penalty wasn’t costly for the Ravens. Even though it just cost him 38 percent of the $40,000 that each player gets paid to appear in a conference championship game.

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71 Responses to “NFL fines Bernard Pollard $15,250 for hit on Wes Welker”
  1. andrejohnsonforpresident says: Jan 25, 2013 8:07 PM

    They should take the fine money and give it to the guy that got hit.

  2. tyler4richardson says: Jan 25, 2013 8:09 PM

    And Wes Welker misses out on $15 million of contract money for always dropping the ball in a big moment.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: Jan 25, 2013 8:09 PM

    They should make these psychopaths pay the money directly to the guy they tried to injure. Carrying it all the way to his house in person. On foot. In bags filled with coins.

  4. davekezer says: Jan 25, 2013 8:10 PM

    They’re going to fine Mayo for that helmet-to-helmet hit on Pitta near the endzone, right?

    Oh, that’s right… it wasn’t called.

  5. themackstrong says: Jan 25, 2013 8:11 PM

    That hit was worth it because after that Patriot players were dropping the ball in the flat, over the middle and the Ravens are in the Superbowl. Not saying its about head shots is the way to go but hard hitting, defense still has a place in the NFL.

  6. ravanator says: Jan 25, 2013 8:12 PM

    Should have fined this repeat offender more! Typical dirty Raven player. Can not lay someone out within the rules, so they always give cheap shots! Classless team and terrible fair weather fan base!

  7. rr2000k says: Jan 25, 2013 8:16 PM

    What a crock of you know what.

  8. mlbbal52 says: Jan 25, 2013 8:18 PM

    Here come the hater comments…

  9. j0esixpack says: Jan 25, 2013 8:18 PM

    Well deserved. Everyone knows he takes cheap shots and everyone knows he targeted Brady’s knee in 2008.

    Him calling out Brady is the pot calling the kettle black to say the least. Seems like the NFL agreed making sure he got a heftier fine than Brady for that game.

    Dude should learn to keep his mouth shut when it comes to accusing others of dirty play.

  10. bucslose says: Jan 25, 2013 8:19 PM

    I dont really agree with this fine but whatever. As I said before, fines are meaningless. But really, this hit was legal.
    They’re really starting to change this game right before our eyes.

  11. supremekingz says: Jan 25, 2013 8:25 PM

    Complete bull

  12. mariorat says: Jan 25, 2013 8:32 PM

    Men with small hats…

  13. kheebner says: Jan 25, 2013 8:38 PM

    Next thing you know there will be tampon dispensers on each sideline

  14. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 25, 2013 8:39 PM

    Im laughing, shoulda let the fines handle themselves. WHINER!
    Everybody sayin give the injured player money, hell wit that, i dontt mind if you wanna give me some though. I know, like the ravens super bowl hopes, FAT chance!

  15. ud1hens says: Jan 25, 2013 8:41 PM

    Dean Pees’ response from the Ravens website…

    “I’m sure we are up there on defensive roughing penalties somewhere. I’m sure we are at the top of the list,” Pees said. “I don’t want to say that I don’t care; I do care. I don’t ever want to get a penalty, but sometimes those penalties you think twice about coming over the middle whether you got a penalty or you didn’t get a penalty. They all take their toll. I’m not saying that I want penalties or I want to hit somebody like that, but at the same time, we aren’t going to back off. We are going to play football.”

    He hit the nail on the head. After that hit by Pollard the Patriots were dropping passes left and right. Maybe not a direct correlation but you have to wonder if seeing their fellow teammates getting blown up had their mind on the impending hit rather than completing the catch. Looked like some serious head on a swivel situations in the 2nd half.

  16. silvestregonzalez74 says: Jan 25, 2013 8:43 PM

    The best 15k I’ve ever spent.

    Sincerly,Bernard pollard

  17. mrmidevil says: Jan 25, 2013 8:43 PM

    Hame is fixed! Punt from your own 34….. League letting balt get away with all these hits and no suspensions….. How many is that for pollard now? Mire than reed

  18. dondada10 says: Jan 25, 2013 8:49 PM

    Good thing they got the extra 250 dollars. That’s where they’re really proving a point.

  19. pleasefirecam says: Jan 25, 2013 8:55 PM

    The fine was worth it, Welker dropped a ball not longer after the penalty. Good job and great hit BP!

  20. westclaims says: Jan 25, 2013 8:57 PM

    Pollard won’t mind, his team is already set to walk away with this game.

  21. wisdomnfl says: Jan 25, 2013 8:58 PM

    Ravens are criminals

  22. TylerHills says: Jan 25, 2013 9:04 PM

    Everyone needs to stop hating on Benard Pollard just because he hits hard. The hit on Brady in 2008 was clean. The offensive lineman was pushing into the ground and he couldn’t see and was just trying to make a play. When Welker tore his ACL in Week 17 it wasn’t because it was a dirty hit. It was a clean hit. He hurt his knee making the cut to avoid Pollard. The Gronkowski ankle last year was clean too. He hit right in the waist. Watch the tape. He wraps Rob around the waist. Rob’s ankle ended up under the hip/butt of Pollard. You can’t say that was dirty or planned or any of that garbage. With Ridley he was going for his torso not his head or neck. Ridley ducked his head. Go watch it again. He lowered his head not his shoulder. Does Bernard hit hard? You bet. Does Bernard play to the whistle? Oh yeah he does. Does Bernard go out with the intention of injuring other players? No he does not. He just plays the game tough, hits hard and plays to the whistle. That is the way football is meant to be played. Everyone who hate Pollard needs to get off their high horse and realize that he is a good player not a criminal.

  23. jbaxt says: Jan 25, 2013 9:06 PM

    Nothing like getting a bonus that covers your penalty. And do these players going to the SB get the SB money in addition to pro bowl money? They should, they shouldn’t be penalized PB money just for being awesome.

    But whatever happens, use the refs who didn’t grade out the highest. That’s like letting the Pats and Falcons play for the SB even though they got beat, makes ZERO sense.

  24. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:06 PM

    Just thought there oughta be more smack talking between these ball clubs! You got your opinions, and well, i gots mine too.. as far as the extra 250 its because he isnt a first offender! Im sure of it.
    also dont delude yourself by thinking the niners recievers will be shying from your blind side hitting!

  25. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:18 PM

    I dont think that was a good hit, even if it was legal, he still caught the ball. But give them false hope, please!!

  26. niz10rav55 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:20 PM

    Ravenator…..u make me laugh. SUPERBOWL HOMIE!!!!!

  27. RavenzGunnerz says: Jan 25, 2013 9:23 PM

    But I was almost decapitated

    – pitta

  28. jimthebuilder27 says: Jan 25, 2013 9:26 PM

    Nothing but Fines League!

  29. edgerules says: Jan 25, 2013 9:31 PM

    Well, it was about time they fined Pollard for that hit on Welker. It’s kind of a shame that a borderline dirty team like the Ravens are going to the SB. I mean, trying to psychologically affect the WRs on the opposing team by purposely hitting them and getting flags thrown…sorry, I think that’s dirty.

    Maybe Karma will bite them on Feb 3. If not, Karma will bite them eventually. Karma always does.

  30. bartlettruss says: Jan 25, 2013 9:36 PM

    The league needs to start fining people a percentage of their salaries if they want to get their attention. It would be worth a lot more than fifteen thousand dollars to some teams to get Welker out of the game… let’s face it.

  31. clashers says: Jan 25, 2013 10:05 PM

    I’m still trying to figure out how the helmet to helmet hit on Reed after the fair catch signal wasn’t fined…….or even penalized

  32. rockthered1286 says: Jan 25, 2013 10:08 PM

    So we’re completely disregarding Pitta getting his head knocked off his shoulders then? Got it.

  33. ihatestupidpeople says: Jan 25, 2013 10:16 PM

    Good. Guy’s a dirty hypocrite. And could people on here just turn spell check on so I don’t feel like I’m on a NASCAR site?

  34. watermelon1 says: Jan 25, 2013 10:24 PM

    STILL waiting for the guy who committed a helmet-to-helmet hit on Ed Reed when he called for a FAIR CATCH.

  35. ampats says: Jan 25, 2013 10:25 PM

    That was a game changing hit. Well played Bernard Pollard, memories of Rodney Harrison.

    Nothing dirty, thats the way the game was meant to be played.

    Next year,the Pats will be back.

  36. patriotsdefense says: Jan 25, 2013 10:30 PM

    @davekezer

    Don’t cry about the Mayo hit, it was a clean hard it. It was so clearly clean that even the CBS crew was able to definitively say so in the replay.

  37. themagicfanguy says: Jan 25, 2013 10:53 PM

    Pollard shouldn’t mind. Since the refs and Goodell are rigging games to get them in the SB I’m sure he’ll forget about it soon.

  38. wikidpissah says: Jan 25, 2013 11:11 PM

    davekezer says: Jan 25, 2013 8:10 PM

    They’re going to fine Mayo for that helmet-to-helmet hit on Pitta near the endzone, right?

    Oh, that’s right… it wasn’t called.
    ————————————————-
    It wasn’t called because Mayo hit him in the chest.

  39. mazblast says: Jan 25, 2013 11:43 PM

    Pollard gets fined more than Brady. I’m willing to bet Pollard doesn’t care, nor do the Ravens.

    Guess, what, The Great Roger Goodell Himself Live And In Person? Guess what, Patriots fans? Guess what, Tammy Brady and Belicheat? Ravens got Scoreboard. And this Steelers fan thinks it’s GREAT!

  40. tothefellowshipofthemiserable says: Jan 25, 2013 11:44 PM

    For people who gloat about a cheap shot artist. Just remember that payback can be a you know what. After football it happened to Jack Tatum.

  41. mazblast says: Jan 25, 2013 11:46 PM

    davekezer says:

    They’re going to fine Mayo for that helmet-to-helmet hit on Pitta near the endzone, right?

    Oh, that’s right… it wasn’t called.
    ———————————–
    The league is completely willing to fine players for “illegal” hits that aren’t flagged. Mayo wasn’t fined because it is Known Fact that no Patriot would ever initiate a helmet-to-helmet hit. Bob Kraft told The Great Roger Goodell this, so it must be true.

  42. swagger52 says: Jan 26, 2013 12:54 AM

    Pitta took a true helmet to helmet, and he scored on the next play. So the penalties prove nothing, except the double standard in calling penalties on the Patriots versus the Ravens.

    Brady got fined, but no yardage on the field.
    Mayo didn’t even get fined. Looks to me from the photo that pollard is leading with his arms.

  43. badintent says: Jan 26, 2013 12:55 AM

    Dree Brees wants an explanation

  44. randallflagg52 says: Jan 26, 2013 1:07 AM

    So glad this guy is on the Ravens. What a beast.

  45. plastics017 says: Jan 26, 2013 1:09 AM

    To “davekezer”: the hit Mayo laid on Pitta was legal and NOT helmet to helmet, check the video replay. It was a textbook perfect hit with his shoulder to Pitta’s chest. Pitta’s head flew back but there was no head contact. The Ravens wouldn’t know anything about legal hits like that though….

  46. 6allsohard6more says: Jan 26, 2013 2:49 AM

    I don’t see how you can avoid this you use your head to aim its at the top of your body I can’t wait til everybody startgoing low blowing knees out and breaking legs…whats next they going tell offensive playing not to duck

  47. lflib69 says: Jan 26, 2013 3:34 AM

    I can see the Ravens Fans are as classless as the Ravens Team. Pollard will get his someday…what goes around comes around.

  48. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 26, 2013 5:11 AM

    Mr Pollards fines in the future will be those of a repeat offender higher and longer. Ask Harrison how it feels to be on the sh– list of the league and refs…they are watching so be prepared for more fines…I will say now before the Raven fan base wakes up….waaaaaaaaaa

  49. dutch31 says: Jan 26, 2013 5:54 AM

    Flat out Pollard won that game for Baltimore. He is vicious! Ravens down 6, Welker drops a ball with no defender within 5 yards of him. It was the kind of pass that NFL receivers won’t drop in their whole career. Except when you are looking for # 31 and not the ball! If Pats make it a 2 score game there Baltimore would have been in trouble

    How did the Texans let that guy out of town? And the Chiefs? Guess that’s why they pick first every year.

  50. patsfan13 says: Jan 26, 2013 7:07 AM

    If the NFL kept stats on injuries caused by dirty hits, Pollard would be among the top hitters. Playing physically hard is one thing, playing to purposefully injure is another. I am really surprised there isn’t more street justice, like an offensive player hitting Pollard and other dirty players like him in the knees with the crown of their helmets etc.

  51. cspsrbums says: Jan 26, 2013 7:48 AM

    Not a Ravin fan but You New England fans crack me up. The hit wasn’t that bad and you lost because the bum you have playing Quaterback is scared to get hit and always has, that’s why all his passes are 2- 5 yards so he can get rid of it. He scared and always will be the Ravins cover the receivers and put a rush on that clown and you could see him panic and throw the ball like a peewee. So NE stop your whining because you got your A.. Whipped.

  52. questforthesixthnotthelast2013 says: Jan 26, 2013 9:03 AM

    Im sorry, they just showed for what hit you were fined for, yeah i gotta backtrack a lil, it wasnt a blindside, my bad, play on!

  53. dtr3e says: Jan 26, 2013 9:21 AM

    of course his fine was bigger then Brady’s, why wouldn’t it be. Goodell and the league office is a joke.

  54. letemplay says: Jan 26, 2013 9:34 AM

    Hate the rule but it was called correctly on the field.

    (well they did say it was on Graham but we all knew what they meant)

    Stupid rule but they could have at least called it both ways. That hit on Pitta should have been called and fined as well.

    Oh well, after Pollard’s hits the pats got scared and started to look ahead before they caught the ball. They heard footsteps and dropped passes. After Pitta got hit, he catches a TD on the next play.

  55. purpleandblack2000 says: Jan 26, 2013 9:36 AM

    The hits by Pollard and Lewis were nothing compared to Mayo’s hit on Pitta. I don’t think ANY of these hits should have been penalized. But if they’re going to call it, call it both ways! I love how Pitta got up and caught the TD on the very next play. Eat it, NE! That’s how real receivers operate.

  56. opbilly says: Jan 26, 2013 9:43 AM

    @ ravanator
    Should have fined this repeat offender more! Typical dirty Raven player. Can not lay someone out within the rules, so they always give cheap shots! Classless team and terrible fair weather fan base!

    your stuff is weak dude! while i was making my arrangements to attend the super bowl, i spoke with several people at different hotels who said that calls from ravens fans were about 20-1 over 49ers fans. im hoping for fair weather, outside the superdome with 20,000 other ravens fans!
    grow up!

  57. charliedamon says: Jan 26, 2013 9:50 AM

    They’re going to fine Mayo for that helmet-to-helmet hit on Pitta near the endzone, right?

    Oh, that’s right… it wasn’t called.

    ——————————————————-
    Watch the replay, smartguy..no helmet to helmet. Another crybaby Ravens fan..we won, but we sure can’t stop complaining.

  58. flash1283 says: Jan 26, 2013 10:07 AM

    cspsrbums says:
    Jan 26, 2013 7:48 AM
    Not a Ravin fan but You New England fans crack me up. The hit wasn’t that bad and you lost because the bum you have playing Quaterback is scared to get hit and always has, that’s why all his passes are 2- 5 yards so he can get rid of it. He scared and always will be the Ravins cover the receivers and put a rush on that clown and you could see him panic and throw the ball like a peewee. So NE stop your whining because you got your A.. Whipped.

    —-

    Yeah you hit the nail on the head with that one. That QB is a bum, the only QB to throw “2-5 yard” passes but throw for almost 5000 yards again. And yeah he was so scared, he dropped back 50 times and was sacked 1 time.

    Do you people even watch the game?
    Good call, Jobber!

  59. swagger52 says: Jan 26, 2013 10:22 AM

    Brady looked scared the whole game. He wanted no part of Ngata on the 4th down run. He was likely thinking he would get first down by penalty, so why bother going for it.

    Check out the video on the helmet to helmet on Ed Reed with the fair catch….Oh wait…We didn’t see slo mo 10 different angles from CBS – official TV of the NE Patriots. You can’t blame Patriot fans for drinking the Kool-aid from CBS. You have to watch a lot more games to see how lopsided the calls are. They think the tuck rule was well officiated when Brady won his first Superbowl.

  60. jsikorjak says: Jan 26, 2013 10:24 AM

    hi

  61. flsnupe says: Jan 26, 2013 11:00 AM

    Stupid rule but they could have at least called it both ways. That hit on Pitta should have been called and fined as well.

    ***************************************
    Exactly, and since the NFL does not demonstrate what a clean hit looks like they are able to distribute justice just as the fans on this page have, as they see fit.

    De Smith ought to be ashamed of himself.

  62. raidernation210 says: Jan 26, 2013 11:17 AM

    Don’t worry after next week we won’t be hearing anymore from ravens fans. It’s funny to what team did you all root for before the ravens came back to Baltimore? Bunch of front runner know nothing fans.

  63. kingraven24 says: Jan 26, 2013 12:25 PM

    All these comment are hilarious! They GOT to be from New England haters. ” the game was fixed” “Ravens are a dirty team”! Lol! I didn’t hear anyone one of them saying squat about the completely within the rules “leg up in the thigh” slide from his majesty. Or the NON call on Pitta that was no different than the pollard hit. Sour grapes! Go Ravens!

  64. kingraven24 says: Jan 26, 2013 12:31 PM

    Radernation210, just wondering. What team were u rooting for when the raiders left Oakland? I’m telling u, these comments are hilarious!! But to answer ur question, I was rooting for the BALTIMORE COLTS. and the Ravens never “came back” to Baltimore. Ur still pissed we kicked ur ass in 2000 aren’t u? Lol

  65. mlbbal52 says: Jan 26, 2013 12:45 PM

    Welker gets cracked misses catches, Pitta gets cracked stand up and catches a TD in the very next play…lol

  66. cincinasty87 says: Jan 26, 2013 3:37 PM

    Pollard is a BEAST! This is coming from a Bengals fan , Hopefully we get a B.A. safety in the draft ( MATT ELAM)

  67. orivar says: Jan 26, 2013 4:18 PM

    The hit on Pitta was NOT legal, it was the textbook defenseless receiver rule. No flag, no penalty, no fine. No issue.

  68. Nofoolnodrool says: Jan 26, 2013 5:20 PM

    swagger52 says:
    Jan 26, 2013 10:22 AM
    Brady looked scared the whole game. He wanted no part of Ngata on the 4th down run. He was likely thinking he would get first down by penalty, so why bother going for it.

    Check out the video on the helmet to helmet on Ed Reed with the fair catch….Oh wait…We didn’t see slo mo 10 different angles from CBS – official TV of the NE Patriots. You can’t blame Patriot fans for drinking the Kool-aid from CBS. You have to watch a lot more games to see how lopsided the calls are. They think the tuck rule was well officiated when Brady won his first Superbowl.

    3 8 sssshhh you won but you whine like a little baby. Grow up someday your team will win the Super Bowl and you can’t whine if you…wait two things ..one of course raven fans whine whenever they win …two they haven’t won a Super Bowl in a while so you can’t go there

  69. patssteelersorgiants says: Jan 26, 2013 5:34 PM

    I’m sure it was a legal hit but then so was Brady’s slide. I just love seeing Pollard get fined after all the noise he made about Reed. Not as good as Brady neutering Pollard with his cleats in retaliation for 2008, but pretty good.

  70. andylucksneck says: Jan 27, 2013 12:04 PM

    The fines never ancourage safe play. When is the league going to start sitting these guys? Especially the repeat offenders. Pollard is a dirty player along with most of the ravens team.

  71. andylucksneck says: Jan 27, 2013 12:18 PM

    Let’s go NINERS!!!!!

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