Finley takes hit to the head, flag isn’t thrown

Reuters

The NFL wants its officials to aggressively enforce the rules regarding hits to the head of defenseless players.  And the officials continue to miss fairly obvious violations in real time.

Last week, the officials missed a hit to the head of Chargers receiver Malcom Floyd by Eagles linebacker DeMeco Ryans.  Ryans later was fined, which confirms the penalty was missed.

On Sunday, the officials on the crew led by Clete Blakeman blanked on a hit to the head of Packers tight end Jermichael Finley, who was struck in the head by Bengals safety George Iloka while trying to catch a pass.

Finley then tried to leave the field under his own power, but he staggered before ending up on the ground.  He has exited the game and headed to the locker room, presumably for evaluation of a possible concussion.

The league will evaluate Iloka for a fine.  And presumably issue one.

27 responses to “Finley takes hit to the head, flag isn’t thrown

  1. That one was weird because the defender seemed to hit Finley’s shoulder first, but then went through his shoulder and contacted his head.
    So what’s the rule there? Initially it was a shoulder-to-shoulder hit.

  2. That was a great, clean football hit. Iloka clocked him, but didn’t go helmet-to-helmet.

    Great play. Don’t promote the sissification of football.

  3. I have no idea what an illegal hit is anymore. Players are getting fined later in the week from hits that didn’t draw a flag. How about fining these refs who consistently get these calls wrong.

  4. So we’ve reached the point now where there is going to be an article every time a,player gets hit in the head? There was no flag on the play because there was no penalty. It was an unlucky play for Finley, but it didn’t appear that Iloka was even attempting to tackle him. He didn’t launch at Finley, and he didn’t lower his head. In fact, it looked like he was trying to pull up and his arm/shoulder collided with Finley’s head. It was unfortunate, but it wasn’t a penalty. Sensatiinalized headline.

  5. chi01town says:
    Sep 22, 2013 1:55 PM
    NO O-line and Rodgers wont make it threw this game. I want a ACL

    —-

    Larry, I hope you’ll disown this guy forever now.

    Hoping for injury to another player is the scummiest type of fan behavior.

  6. I would think part of the job requirement of owning a football website would be to know the rules. Clean hit, no flag, no fine.

  7. @tokyosandblaster
    what make you think I need Larry to back me up man? what I post has nothing to do with Larry. I wanna see Rodgers HURT so we can all see the next man up. ha ha ha ha

  8. chi01town says:
    Sep 22, 2013 2:30 PM
    @tokyosandblaster
    what make you think I need Larry to back me up man? what I post has nothing to do with Larry. I wanna see Rodgers HURT so we can all see the next man up. ha ha ha ha

    —-

    No, you want to see Rodgers hurt because you know you can’t beat him. And you’re a terrible person.

  9. Thats right I want Rodgers took out. this is football and thats what happens tokyo. dont try to go get Larry to protect you from me because with all do respect to Larry he cant protect you from me. stand up and be a man. dont hide behind nobody else

  10. tokyosandblaster says:
    Sep 22, 2013 2:14 PM
    chi01town says:
    Sep 22, 2013 1:55 PM
    NO O-line and Rodgers wont make it threw this game. I want a ACL

    —-

    Larry, I hope you’ll disown this guy forever now.

    Hoping for injury to another player is the scummiest type of fan behavior.

    _________________________________

    I’ve already done so.

    -a Bears fan who knows football.

    (And who knows how to trade jabs with a rival team/fan.)

  11. tokyosandblaster says:
    Sep 22, 2013 2:44 PM
    chi01town says:
    Sep 22, 2013 2:30 PM
    @tokyosandblaster
    what make you think I need Larry to back me up man? what I post has nothing to do with Larry. I wanna see Rodgers HURT so we can all see the next man up. ha ha ha ha

    —-

    No, you want to see Rodgers hurt because you know you can’t beat him. And you’re a terrible person.
    …………….
    Coming from the guy who makes fun of the I35 bridge collapse and people’s deaths. Terrible person huh?

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