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Fines could be flying toward Rams defensive backs this week

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Two NFL games landed in the late afternoon window on Sunday:  Packers-49ers and Cardinals-Rams.

Both were compelling, close games.  Only one got much attention.

But the league office was paying close attention to all games.  And several members of the Rams secondary likely will be hearing from the NFL.

At a minimum, cornerback Cortland Finnegan is destined to get a fine, or two.  In the first half, he dove onto receiver Michael Floyd after Floyd clearly was down.  In the second half, Finnegan hit receiver Larry Fitzgerald when he was well out of bounds.

Also in the first half, receiver Andre Roberts ended up on the wrong end of double helmet-to-helmet hit from safeties T.J. McDonald and Rodney McLeod.  It’s unclear whether Roberts had lost the “defenseless receiver” protection by the time the impacts occurred.  The league office is reviewing the play.

Finnegan’s hits need no review; the only question is the punishment.  If McDonald and/or McLeod are fined, it’ll mean that the officials failed in real time to throw a flag.

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19 Responses to “Fines could be flying toward Rams defensive backs this week”
  1. favresweiner says: Sep 10, 2013 2:42 PM

    Cortland Finnegan will be fined again? What a surprise!

  2. beavertonsteve says: Sep 10, 2013 2:42 PM

    Hopefully TJ McDonald has a good financial advisor. He’s going to need to set aside about 50k a year for fines with the way he plays the game.

  3. sonoco says: Sep 10, 2013 2:45 PM

    A bunch of fake tough-guys. This will be a better league when the tool Finnegan is no longer part of it.

  4. tridecagon says: Sep 10, 2013 2:50 PM

    That sound you hear is Jeff Fisher not giving a crap. His teams will always play physical football.

  5. jmillmac says: Sep 10, 2013 2:57 PM

    I’m not saying Finnegan doesn’t deserve some sort of fine, but an Arizona DB did pretty much the exact same thing later in the game, and he didn’t even get a flag. Just sayin’…

  6. dalcow4 says: Sep 10, 2013 2:58 PM

    Dirty coach = dirty players.

  7. nananatman says: Sep 10, 2013 3:16 PM

    If you’d like to learn more, you can find the AP Style Book at any major bookstore. It doesn’t have pictures but the are Xs and Os.

  8. tennesseeoilers says: Sep 10, 2013 3:18 PM

    It cracks me up when I hear pseudo-informed fans talk about how Jeff Fisher encourages “dirty play” and how he doesn’t care when players get fined. Maybe the lack of a national television audience is their excuse, but I have very distinct memories of Fisher verbally unloading on Albert Haynesworth and Pac Man Jones when they would play dirty. Encourage that kind of play? Rather, intensely physical and smart players like Blaine Bishop, Derrick Mason, Kyle Vanden Bosch, and Steve McNair are Fisher’s Titans legacy to me.

  9. Moudabo says: Sep 10, 2013 3:19 PM

    Cortland Finnegan is a punk, and deserves another beatdown like Andre Johnson gave him.

  10. MostlyRight says: Sep 10, 2013 3:44 PM

    The Cardinals probably would have preferred the penalties got called during the game rather than the fines charged after in a game that came down to a field goal. I think only one of these got flagged.

  11. truths4all says: Sep 10, 2013 3:47 PM

    The hit on Andre Roberts was indeed helmet to two Rams helmets and Roberts had just caught the ball without making any kind of football move.

    Fines to be coming.

  12. hatesycophants says: Sep 10, 2013 3:57 PM

    Still not a word out of you gutless freaks about Matthew’s clothesline of a QB out of bounds, but you’re confident these two should be fined? I expect nothing more.

  13. whoisgregtoler says: Sep 10, 2013 4:15 PM

    Almost feel bad for old Finnegan all those years being burnt by Andre Johnson with the Titans now being burnt by Fitz with the rams,dude can’t catch a break.

  14. jfinn5 says: Sep 10, 2013 4:15 PM

    Fisher teams are always borderline dirty. He also on the rules committee. He is a joke.

  15. schmitty2 says: Sep 10, 2013 4:41 PM

    As a Ram’s fan I agree Finnegan should get a fine but the combo hit by Mcleod/Mcdonald was right in the middle of the field and no flag was thrown. How about the refs get fined for once for NOT throwing a flag on a play the league deems illegal?

  16. mrwalterisgod says: Sep 10, 2013 4:41 PM

    Courtland Finnegan has a $15 million cap hit this year.

    And he might be the 5th best corner in his division.

    Priceless.

    Good job Lambs.

  17. northstarnic says: Sep 10, 2013 7:35 PM

    Finnegan – what dbag

  18. thehighhat says: Sep 10, 2013 8:16 PM

    What a surprise, a Jeff Fisher team playing dirty.

  19. wilsonwillbreaku says: Sep 11, 2013 12:52 AM

    Dirty coach and a dirty team. Don’t forget they signed Greg Williams before the league suspended him. Fisher likes those type of guys.

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