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Vaccaro gets fine in first NFL game

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Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro capped his first regular-season NFL game by tipping what would have been a game-winning touchdown pass to Falcons tight end Tony Gonzalez.

Earlier in the game, Vaccaro had his first career late hit, diving onto a sliding Matt Ryan.

For the infraction, Vaccaro has been fined $7,875, per a league source.

Vaccaro will have the right to appeal, but it looks pointless.  He clearly hit Ryan after Ryan had begun his slide.  In that situation, the quarterback is off limits.

In that same game, linebacker Junior Gallette applied an open-handed slap to the top of Ryan’s helmet.  No flag was thrown, but if the league deems the hit to be forceful, Gallette will be fined.

For now, it’s unknown whether Gallette was fined.

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23 Responses to “Vaccaro gets fine in first NFL game”
  1. mitchlt3ski says: Sep 11, 2013 6:33 PM

    hes on the saints, he probably was paid for the intent to injure

  2. 93warchant says: Sep 11, 2013 6:47 PM

    Eric Reid of the 49ers is going to be a better pro.

  3. sirblitzalot15 says: Sep 11, 2013 6:51 PM

    Well worth it!

  4. sb44champs says: Sep 11, 2013 6:52 PM

    Just a matter of time before Vaccaro is widely considered a Top 5 safety..

  5. marcolamorsa says: Sep 11, 2013 6:57 PM

    So for an nfl player getting a speeding ticket is pocket change (literally).Imagine if civilians had to pay that much for a traffic ticket? The cities/states would be rich like the NFL

  6. larceneaux78 says: Sep 11, 2013 7:00 PM

    I’ll pay the fines if he keeps playing like that!!!

  7. Justified By God says: Sep 11, 2013 7:03 PM

    I’m itching for the day when a QB fakes starting for a slide, then keeps on truckin’

  8. EJ says: Sep 11, 2013 7:28 PM

    I’m surprised he didn’t come off the board sooner in the draft, he’s a human wrecking ball.

  9. grendelg says: Sep 11, 2013 7:35 PM

    That was a really cheap shot. After the stories of his cheap shots in camp it looks like the NFL has its next Suh.

  10. SeenThisB4 says: Sep 11, 2013 8:04 PM

    Seemed to me that MRyan slide into Vacaro’s shoulder pad rather than the opposite. I think that penalty was bogus.

  11. orivar says: Sep 11, 2013 8:48 PM

    That was a late slide by Matt Ryan. He didn’t get hit during his slide, he got hit the moment he attempted to slide. Matt Ryan was running, Matt Ryan was a runner, Matt Ryan is free to get hit.

  12. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 11, 2013 9:03 PM

    I like the way Vaccara plays and he is a big help to that defense. He will learn to dial down the hitting a little so as not to hurt his team.

  13. magic688 says: Sep 11, 2013 9:16 PM

    I have no idea which game SeenThisB4 and orivar were watching but it was a late, cheap shot. The proper penalty was called but the fine should have been more.

  14. xxthetruthxx says: Sep 11, 2013 9:46 PM

    Their coach been suspended for a whole season, why would you make a bounty hit on a QB ?? senseless

  15. mdd913 says: Sep 11, 2013 10:08 PM

    Kid is a beast.

    That was a tough play…he was coming from an angle and Ryan went into a bit of a late slide. Not saying it was an unfair penalty or fine, but these defensive guys have it rough. If you don’t commit to the tackle there, Ryan probably gets a first down.

  16. br26862 says: Sep 11, 2013 11:31 PM

    Test

  17. goawayeverybody says: Sep 12, 2013 12:30 AM

    I think it’s mildly outrageous that Vaccaro got fined but Clay Matthews did not – for a much much more egregious personal foul.

  18. ogsaintcharles says: Sep 12, 2013 2:37 AM

    Cue all of the Saints haters. Bountygate … Yawn. A rookie defender fails to pull up before hitting a late sliding QB. Whatever. Outrage … Outrage, I tell you!!

  19. bmfandre says: Sep 12, 2013 5:45 AM

    Eric Reid can’t tackle. Congrats, you drafted the second coming of Taylor Mays. My prediction, he’ll be playing somewhere else within 3 years.

  20. wyntyrmute says: Sep 12, 2013 5:45 PM

    The play deserved a penalty but it wasn’t blatant. You can’t fine every hit that draws a flag.

    I think the NFL is still smarting that they got schooled at the end of the day in the supposed bountygate fiasco.

    Their mountain of evidence was a lie, a judge said they were going to rule in the Saints favor if forced, even the former commish had to get involved to save face for Goodell. Then the supposed mastermind behind it all Gregg Williams comes back after just one season and it already coaching again because he caved and meekly did what the NFL told him.

  21. xxthetruthxx says: Sep 12, 2013 7:47 PM

    if you look at that play the quarterback was on the ground it’s not that he got hit it’s how he got hit, he gave himself up that’s why the penalty was call and that’s why he was fined.

  22. roltyd says: Sep 13, 2013 6:02 PM

    It was a BS call, as he dove to stop him from advancing on the slide and don’t directly contact with Ryan, as they both collided on the slide. Ryan is a puddin’ anyway, so next time, Mr Vacarro, get your money’s worth.

    BS CALL, Mr Commish!!

  23. roltyd says: Sep 13, 2013 6:05 PM

    magic and the truth are obvious Bird Turds, go bbreast feed your whiney QB.

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