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Shamarko Thomas expects to be fined for hits in his rookie season

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When scouts wrote the book on safety Shamarko Thomas heading into the draft this year, one of the leading takeaways was that Thomas was a big hitter.

He’s only 5-foot-9, but Thomas runs fast and uses his body to regularly generate massive collisions with opposing players. The Steelers selected him in the fourth round with the hope that he’d be delivering those hits in their secondary for years to come.

In today’s NFL, though, big hits often come with a heavy price tag for the players who dole them out. Thomas said that the Steelers have been working with him on proper tackling form to help avoid the fines that the league hands out on a weekly basis, but admitted that he’s expecting to get some envelopes from the league at his locker over the course of the season.

“I’m gonna get some fines, I’m not gonna lie,” Thomas said, via Tom Robinson of the Virginian-Pilot. “That’s just how I play. It’s football.”

The Steelers don’t have much interest in seeing their players get fined repeatedly and Thomas will have to be careful that his hits don’t also lead to flags that get in the way of Pittsburgh’s chances to win games. If that becomes too big a part of the way he plays, the potential risks of having him on the field could outweigh the potential rewards and block him from the kind of role envisioned when he was drafted in April.

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46 Responses to “Shamarko Thomas expects to be fined for hits in his rookie season”
  1. kdsr382013 says: Jul 18, 2013 10:57 AM

    Tough break for Sharknado. Oh well, at least he has the royalties from his movie to get him by.

  2. granadafan says: Jul 18, 2013 10:58 AM

    For decades the NFL celebrated the hits and sanctioned their use in NFL films and highlights. As long as you’re not headhunting, there’s no reason to punish defenders because they deliver a big hit. It’s what fans and teammates want to see. There’s a line between dirty play with intent to injure and smacking a guy so he thinks twice about running his route so precisely. Goodell doesn’t seem to care about that line. Lawyers run the league now.

  3. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 18, 2013 10:59 AM

    Does this team have any sense of fair play? One player admits he cheated on medical exams throughout a SB season and now another promises to cheat and possibly injure opposing players. No wonder they have Roethlisbooger as their leader!

  4. h3min1230 says: Jul 18, 2013 11:00 AM

    Love the attitude.

  5. 6ball says: Jul 18, 2013 11:02 AM

    .

    These comments should be very helpful when appealing a fine or suspension.

    .

  6. finallythevoiceofreason says: Jul 18, 2013 11:07 AM

    Does this team have any sense of fair play? One player admits he cheated on medical exams throughout a SB season and now another promises to cheat and possibly injure opposing players. No wonder they have Roethlisbooger as their leader!
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    Where did Thomas promise to cheat and injure opposing players? All he said is that his physical style of play is probably going to draw fines under the new pansy rules of the NFL. Stop trying to create a story that is not there. Fair play? HA. You mean like the Ravens putting bounties on Mendenhall, Roethlisberger and Ward a few years ago?

  7. Steeley McBeam says: Jul 18, 2013 11:10 AM

    Love this guy. To the people who have a problem with what he said – this is football.

  8. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 18, 2013 11:16 AM

    He reminds me of Bob Sanders exept he has no talent and plays for the pits burg.

  9. joemontanaflaccid says: Jul 18, 2013 11:17 AM

    I’m sure the Ravens will go fine less this year!!!!

  10. jtbsteeler says: Jul 18, 2013 11:22 AM

    Hopefully Torrey SMith and Ray Rice feel the pain.

  11. jmac1013 says: Jul 18, 2013 11:33 AM

    granadafan says:
    Jul 18, 2013 10:58 AM
    For decades the NFL celebrated the hits and sanctioned their use in NFL films and highlights. As long as you’re not headhunting, there’s no reason to punish defenders because they deliver a big hit. It’s what fans and teammates want to see. There’s a line between dirty play with intent to injure and smacking a guy so he thinks twice about running his route so precisely. Goodell doesn’t seem to care about that line. Lawyers run the league now.
    ========================
    The league is trying stave off a massive class action law suit.

    Lawyers are ruining football…and society.

  12. rc33 says: Jul 18, 2013 11:33 AM

    I’m thinking, “how many posts ’til we get a Sharknado reference?” Boom! Right out of the gate.
    Congratulations to all.

  13. stoogy says: Jul 18, 2013 11:40 AM

    Guess they teach thier players how to hit dirty in thier rookie mini camps. His NFL carreer will be short with moosh for brains like his fellow pittsburgh resident Crosby. This will be the most fined secondary in the NFL between Troy, Ryan and Shamarko none of them know how to tackle properly. This is going to be a painful year for the yinzers from 8-8 to below .500 this team is aweful.

  14. olcap says: Jul 18, 2013 11:40 AM

    Way to call attention to yourself there, genius. Unfortunately, it will be the wrong kind of attention.

  15. crownofthehelmet says: Jul 18, 2013 11:41 AM

    Dude will likely shatter Rice’s shoulder out of the backfield as he’s trying another spin move. Then Rice will get mad at Flacco for laying him out with another check-down.

  16. kdsr382013 says: Jul 18, 2013 11:47 AM

    Thank you RC33!! I actually very dilligently scanned PFT since Saturday when I saw the movie, looking for the right moment. Then BAM!!!! there it was. Like a Great White Hammerheaded Nurse Shark in my Bath Tub! The name Shamarko was right there, with all those letters thrown together like A-B-C Refrigerator Magnets. Thanks Again

  17. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 18, 2013 12:10 PM

    “All he said is that his physical style of play is probably going to draw fines under the new pansy rules of the NFL.”

    Keep thinking that way, my friend. With any luck, the Pittsburgh Dinosaurs and their style of play will set the bar for all the other teams at the bottom of their respective divisions. Your days of “Cheating to the Championship” are over.

  18. holeinone09 says: Jul 18, 2013 12:25 PM

    I was wondering if T. Suggs has learned what the proper use of bleach is yet.

  19. myosin10 says: Jul 18, 2013 12:30 PM

    Well done kdrs382013, well done!

  20. crownofthenofool says: Jul 18, 2013 12:32 PM

    Well they found someone to replace Harrison. Teams with a culture of playing dirty bring out the best in their new recruits.

  21. pacopicopiedra says: Jul 18, 2013 12:34 PM

    Am I the only one who read that headline as, “Sharknado Thomas…?”

  22. habsfanatic says: Jul 18, 2013 12:44 PM

    So what you’re saying Shamarko is that you’re unwilling or unable to adapt your game to avoid penalties and thousands of dollars of fines… brilliant!

  23. steelcurtainn says: Jul 18, 2013 12:50 PM

    “Your Days of “Cheating to the Championship” are over”.

    You must be confused. This is a Steeler thread not the New England Patriots or Ravens board.

  24. baileytheskydiver says: Jul 18, 2013 12:57 PM

    Pittsburgh dinosaurs huh? That’s dumbest thing I’ve heard all day, not surprising coming from a raven fan though. Have fun being last in the division this year. No Reed? No Lewis, no boldin,Kruger or ellerbe.. Hmm good luck.

  25. Kaz says: Jul 18, 2013 2:14 PM

    at 5’9 look for Eifert to have career games against him.

  26. Steeler's Didn't-but-Will-eventually says: Jul 18, 2013 2:15 PM

    holeinone09 says:
    Jul 18, 2013 12:25 PM
    I was wondering if T. Suggs has learned what the proper use of bleach is yet.

    —————–
    Tempted to create another user ID so I can thank this comment again.

  27. finallythevoiceofreason says: Jul 18, 2013 3:19 PM

    “All he said is that his physical style of play is probably going to draw fines under the new pansy rules of the NFL.”

    Keep thinking that way, my friend
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    Think? I know for sure. Please point out where he says that he will purposely injure someone. You obviously cannot read or comprehend.

  28. finallythevoiceofreason says: Jul 18, 2013 3:20 PM

    Well they found someone to replace Harrison. Teams with a culture of playing dirty bring out the best in their new recruits.
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    Ha!…says the Baltimore Ravens.

  29. finallythevoiceofreason says: Jul 18, 2013 3:22 PM

    Guess they teach thier players how to hit dirty in thier rookie mini camps.
    -
    Where do you get that from this story? This guy is bringing a physical play that he employed in college to the NFL that now shys away from it and he is saying that he will probably get fined for it. He is not being taught anything in minicamp. Another genius.

  30. walkinginthewasteland says: Jul 18, 2013 3:32 PM

    ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 18, 2013 11:16 AM

    He reminds me of Bob Sanders exept he has no talent and plays for the pits burg.

    __________

    He cant be compared with Bob Sanders until he spends half his career on the IR/missing games.

  31. crownofthenofool says: Jul 18, 2013 3:51 PM

    Well they found someone to replace Harrison. Teams with a culture of playing dirty bring out the best in their new recruits.
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    Ha!…says the Baltimore Ravens.
    -

    Wrong team. Nice guess. Maybe the leadership in the locker room can keep him honest. Who is that again?

  32. reprocity says: Jul 18, 2013 4:13 PM

    The Steelers play dirty on Defense and have since Tomlinson took over. How many times have they been fined?

  33. jackericsson says: Jul 18, 2013 4:24 PM

    Make a tackle, get a fine. Welcome to the new NFL. It sucks!

  34. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 18, 2013 4:49 PM

    Joemontanaflacco says:
    Jul 18, 2013 10:59 AM
    Does this team have any sense of fair play? One player admits he cheated on medical exams throughout a SB season and now another promises to cheat and possibly injure opposing players. No wonder they have Roethlisbooger as their leader!

    25 125
    Report comment. Hey give him a break he hasn’t had time to attend the Ray Lewis school of honesty and fair play. Once he learns how to get away with murder hell e a Killar.

  35. dynasonic says: Jul 18, 2013 5:03 PM

    But if the Steelers give Shamarko a roster spot, what does that mean for Jackmerius Tagtheritrix?

  36. steelcurtainn says: Jul 18, 2013 6:21 PM

    Can’t wait to watch Shamarko lay some licks on opposing offensive players. He’s going to be fun to watch. You can tell he has a high motor and will eventually be a great player for the steelers.

  37. scoobies05 says: Jul 18, 2013 8:04 PM

    dear nofool. ray lewis has retired and moved on. perhaps you should consider doing the same. just a thought.

  38. bobzilla1001 says: Jul 18, 2013 8:08 PM

    What? LaDamian Tomlison now coaches the Steelers? You casual fans are hilarious…

  39. Joemontanaflacco says: Jul 18, 2013 10:17 PM

    “Hey give him a break he hasn’t had time to attend the Ray Lewis school of honesty and fair play. Once he learns how to get away with murder hell e a Killar.”

    Something tells me that if there actually WAS a Ray Lewis school of honesty and fair play, lesson one would be “killer is not spelled killar” Lesson two would be, “if a Steeler, prepare to lose half your games.”

  40. mikemyditka says: Jul 19, 2013 4:18 AM

    LOL A Ravens Fan says “Your days of “Cheating to the Championship are over.” To the Steelers-

    Ironic, Since The Ravens Wouldnt Have Won The Super Bowl Without Ray Lewis Using Deer Antler Spray.

  41. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 19, 2013 11:49 AM

    Something tells me that if there actually WAS a Ray Lewis school of honesty and fair play, lesson one would be “killer is not spelled killar” Lesson two would be, “if a Steeler, prepare to lose half your games.”

    A little snarky even for you, but phonetically possible spelling. Hey if we lose eight its not the end of my world where it will be yours fanboy were your team to have that record.

  42. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 19, 2013 11:53 AM

    dear nofool. ray lewis has retired and moved on. perhaps you should consider doing the same. just a thought.

    5 1 I’ll drop it when the two dead come back to life and raven trolls stop posting insulting an inane comments on every steeler thread. The chances of that are zero….ethics and morality mean something to my generation obviously not to yours. If it gets you what you want any means are ok…

  43. scoobies05 says: Jul 19, 2013 12:42 PM

    accused rapist….wife beater who lets his dogs attack kids….drug user…felon who served jail time for weapons violation. get off of your holier than thou kick…all teams do it if it helps. your steelers are no better or worse than any other team

  44. Nofoolnodrool says: Jul 19, 2013 1:32 PM

    accused rapist….wife beater who lets his dogs attack kids….drug user…felon who served jail time for weapons violation. get off of your holier than thou kick…all teams do it if it helps. your steelers are no better or worse than any other team

    Ah in all your listing of steeler mistakes none involved two dead men or the destruction of evidence and lying to police. I realize that is something you find acceptable in your heroes but I find it unacceptable . Until we have some one plea deal to obstruction I would say that is one of the many philosophical differences between the two teams. Your PR dept sent snarky emails or something to the dolphins…Come on….your team is dying for recognition as an elite franchise…..it’s earned not assumed .

  45. steelerben says: Jul 19, 2013 6:19 PM

    The whole lot of you are a bunch of children.

    Oh, the Steelers are cheaters. Oh, the Ravens are cheaters. Oh, boo-hoo.

    Grow up and stop ruining every thread with your mindless arguments. Every team in the NFL employs players that they believe will win football games, not good citizenship awards. Name a team that doesn’t have a single player with an arrest, fine, academic ineligiblity from college or other black mark on their record. I’ll wait.

  46. dumbaseinstien says: Jul 20, 2013 2:02 PM

    The NFL is like Boxing…the harder you hit…the better you are. If you don’t like it, then your not a real fan of Football & you shouldn’t watch the game!!

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