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Alex Henery fined $15,750 for horse-collar tackle

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The NFL fined Eagles placekicker Alex Henery $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle of Chiefs returner Quintin Demps in Philadelphia’s Week Three loss to Kansas City, the league confirmed to PFT on Friday.

The play occurred in the third quarter, when Demps bounced a kickoff return outside and Henery pulled him to the ground by the neck of his jersey. Henery was penalized for that foul, and he was also flagged for a facemask penalty, which was declined.

Henery, 26, is in his third season handling field goals and kickoffs for Philadelphia. He is 5-of-7 on field goals, and he has averaged 67.0 yards on kickoffs, with 7-of-17 going for touchbacks.

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25 Responses to “Alex Henery fined $15,750 for horse-collar tackle”
  1. eaglesnd18 says: Sep 27, 2013 5:22 PM

    Are you kidding me!? So if a flag is thrown for something other than a holding call you better expect to lose over $15,000. The NFL is a joke now. I know it’s a personal foul, but he is a kicker! He isn’t taught at practices how to tackle and to be fair the guy was still dragging him even with the horsecollar tackle. The NFL is becoming too SOFT!

  2. pooflingingmonkey says: Sep 27, 2013 5:26 PM

    At least we now know that someone on the Eagles can make a tackle.

  3. sgtr0c says: Sep 27, 2013 5:31 PM

    If a kicker has to make a tackle and pay a fine, the special team unit should be passing a hat around to pay for it. When it happened, I thought he would be fined.

  4. jbaxt says: Sep 27, 2013 5:34 PM

    Is this a repeat offense or if you horse collar that’s the fine? Seems extreme if it’s his first time (that’s what she said).

  5. kcflake says: Sep 27, 2013 5:41 PM

    Did Eaglesand18 watch the game??? Henery horse collared our guy. Demps should have just ran his little ass over.

  6. kcflake says: Sep 27, 2013 5:43 PM

    Henery humg onto Demps face mask like it was a jungle jim bar.

  7. bobbyinlondon says: Sep 27, 2013 6:18 PM

    And if you were watching REAL close kcflake you would have seen Demps grab Henery’s facemask and twist it. While a runner or reciever can obviously stiff arm, they are not allowed to grab the facemask and twist like Demps did–and it should have been off setting penalties. This is Henery’s first time and yes, 15K is a little excessive for the first time.

  8. jimnaizeeum says: Sep 27, 2013 6:22 PM

    Fines would be more equitable if they were based on a percentage of player salary.
    To a player making millions per year a fine like this is nothing, for someone making a couple hundred thousand it stings a bit more.

  9. steves11 says: Sep 27, 2013 7:01 PM

    Any kick return unit that is so bad that it forces the kicker to make a tackle should take up a collection and pay the fine for him. These kickers are prima donnas and aren’t paid to make tackles. Not only that, but they are more likely to get injured trying to do something that they weren’t trained to do.

  10. mrf47 says: Sep 27, 2013 7:10 PM

    Matt Barr would have led with his helmet.

  11. eaglesnd18 says: Sep 27, 2013 7:39 PM

    @kcflake I did indeed watch the game. Apparently you didn’t read my comment all the way or are not capable of being able to. I said “I know it was a personal foul” which means I know he took down your kicker illegally! I was complaining about how a horsecollar could be a fine, especially if it’s a kicker and his first offense ever!

  12. jayrodt says: Sep 27, 2013 7:41 PM

    The guy held on to him with one hand grabbing his facemask and the other horsecollaring him. Why wouldn’t that be a fine?

  13. kcflake says: Sep 27, 2013 7:51 PM

    Well we won the ballgame so who cares

  14. upperdecker19 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:17 PM

    I think that a moth landing on Demps would have done more damage

  15. bonniebengal says: Sep 27, 2013 8:19 PM

    The NFL has found themselves a new money making scheme, haven’t they? And it’s totally unregulated.

  16. EJ says: Sep 27, 2013 8:21 PM

    sgtr0c says:
    Sep 27, 2013 5:31 PM

    If a kicker has to make a tackle and pay a fine, the special team unit should be passing a hat around to pay for it. When it happened, I thought he would be fined.
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    Damn right they should, he saved that TD when no one else did their job. Everyone toss in $1363.63 each.

  17. dolphins4 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:39 PM

    The Eagles ought to stick Henery at safety.At least he tries to tackle.

  18. sonopazzo6 says: Sep 27, 2013 8:54 PM

    Ridiculous………..it was a face-mask, not a horse-collar…….this is one of those things where the officials should look the other way…..Alex Henery is listed at 177lbs……….he should be given a medal, not fined…….the league is getting way weird….any more calls like this and I might start watching full-contact tiddly-winks, not alleged football!

  19. flipola says: Sep 27, 2013 9:12 PM

    It’s a sad era in football when the fines vastly outnumber the arrests.

  20. racerx1225 says: Sep 27, 2013 10:28 PM

    But smashing Pryor in the head helmet to helmet and giving him a concussion is ok?

  21. Eli on Injured Reserve says: Sep 27, 2013 10:57 PM

    I myself like the All-Girl Lingerie Full-Contact Tiddly-Winks League. When they throw a flag on one of the gals, she has to take an article of uniform off. You just have to root for penalties.

  22. phloorioisanarcissist says: Sep 28, 2013 12:07 AM

    You east coast fans totally stink. All fans are a bit biased, but if you actually watched the play, you would see Henery first tackle by the face mask, then by a major horse collar. Its bad enough when you flagrantly do one, but both on one play? How could he NOT be fined. I know kickers are taught to bring the guy down however necessary as they are usually the last line of defense, so he is doing what he was taught, but that doesn’t make home immune to fines, nor does the fact he is a kicker. What, are we setting a new standard? Should the homeless be aloud to rob banks because they are homeless? A penalty is a penalty, and any other position would have been fined for two personal fouls on one play.

  23. icdogg says: Sep 28, 2013 12:16 AM

    I think that’s the minimum fine for horsecollar these days.

  24. slashrageblog says: Sep 28, 2013 12:52 PM

    Ignoring the fact that it was a kicker, who has the physique of a banker and practices tackling as much as your average Sports Blogger does. They would be the only group of people (kickers/punters) that I would allow to horse collar tackle, because of what I just said above.

    It’s not news he got a fine for an illegal tackle. It’s better to give up 15 years for a personal foul than 6 points, so whoop-dee-poop. Good job to Henery for actually being a tackling member of the Eagles special teams.

  25. razsan says: Sep 29, 2013 7:49 AM

    And you West Coast fans evidently don’t see well. He did that because demps had his hands jammed up hennerys face mask. refs have to call both fouls not just the one on the defender

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