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NFL fines Colin Jones for hit on Patrick Mannelly, who blames himself

Patrick Mannelly AP

Bears long snapper Patrick Mannelly is currently sidelined with a rib injury, and the NFL says Panthers safety Colin Jones is to blame for an illegal blindside block. Mannelly, however, blames himself.

Mannelly told the Chicago Sun-Times he saw no problem with the hit, and that the only issue he has with the play was that he needed to keep his head on a swivel so that he would see Jones coming.

It was poor field awareness on my part,” Mannelly said.

Jones was fined $21,000 for the hit, and the league office has made a point of protecting players running down the field covering kicks from hits that they don’t see coming. Even if Mannelly thinks protecting himself from such hits is his own responsibility.

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8 Responses to “NFL fines Colin Jones for hit on Patrick Mannelly, who blames himself”
  1. mrhoban says: Aug 24, 2013 11:56 AM

    Take note “professionals”… kids are watching. More like mannelly, please

  2. jagsandliquor says: Aug 24, 2013 12:05 PM

    A very good thing to see. The nfl should notice things like this.

  3. bossbertozzi says: Aug 24, 2013 12:11 PM

    Great picture

  4. jrebar88 says: Aug 24, 2013 12:28 PM

    Dictator Goodell.

  5. lewiscafarella says: Aug 24, 2013 2:29 PM

    What a class act Patrick Mannelly is.

  6. 6thsense79 says: Aug 24, 2013 4:08 PM

    I don’t think Mannely is a class act for stating something every coach at just about every level teaches players…keep your head on a swivel….until recently no one would have even thought to fine someone for a hit like that or even give it a second thought.

  7. thomhah says: Aug 24, 2013 4:40 PM

    So let me get this straight. If I close my eyes while I’m running down the field, nobody can hit me?

  8. fubar5150 says: Aug 24, 2013 8:37 PM

    Finally a person who owns it but the NFL still has to get their slush fund

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