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Wilkerson wins appeal of fine for hitting Locker

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When Titans quarterback Jake Locker was hurt on a play on which he was hit by Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples of the Jets, Locker said the hits were clean and he didn’t want either player fined. But NFL Vice President of Operations Merton Hanks disagreed, and fined both players.

However, there’s good news, at least for Wilkerson: Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Wilkerson has won his appeal of the fine.

There’s no word on whether Coples has successfully appealed his own fine or not, but it’s not surprising that Wilkerson won his appeal: The referee was right on top of it and didn’t throw a flag, and Locker didn’t think there was anything wrong with it, so it makes sense that the appeals officer (either Matt Birk or Ted Cottrell) would rescind the fine.

The big question is why Hanks thought the fine was necessary in the first place.

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10 Responses to “Wilkerson wins appeal of fine for hitting Locker”
  1. jetfan74 says: Oct 26, 2013 7:06 PM

    Because he is jealous he couldn’t lay a hit w/ that chicken neck. The league needs to let the boys play ball.

  2. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 26, 2013 7:07 PM

    And the small answer is that Merton and all of the officiating personnel just aren’t on the same page yet. They are confused between themselves and they can’t seem to figure out how to explain the rules to each other.

  3. seadan1973 says: Oct 26, 2013 7:14 PM

    I watched the game, and have seen the hit more then once, nothing to fine there.. It was more about the awkward fall, then being hit.. watch his hip and leg.. the fines were a result of him being hurt.. not the hits themselves

  4. Stiller43 says: Oct 26, 2013 7:18 PM

    They ONLY fined him because it was a hit that caused an injury…thats it

  5. tennesseeoilers says: Oct 26, 2013 7:37 PM

    Granted, Locker’s tougher than your average bear.

    (No offense, Chicago.)

    (I mean, your offense is good! What I meant to say …)

  6. thestrategyexpert says: Oct 26, 2013 8:05 PM

    Yeah makes sense, this wasn’t supposed to be a legit fine, this was just one of those “attention getters”.

  7. hawkforlife says: Oct 26, 2013 8:45 PM

    The problem isn’t to fine or not on this play it’s PFT using Lockers words to defend the decision to rescind the fine.

    Every QB says the hit was clean after the fact. It’s the only smart thing to do if you want to be on the good side of the NFLPA and other players.

    Those were both preventable hits and therefore illegal.

  8. foofooface says: Oct 26, 2013 8:56 PM

    As long as you’re not a Lion or named Suh you’ve got a good chance of winning an appeal or getting your fine lowered.

  9. chawk12thman says: Oct 26, 2013 9:22 PM

    Same with the Suh fine. Nothing was there……This is really demonstrative of a lack of common sense in the NFL Commissioner’s Office as it relates to penalties/fines being administered. They need to get a handle on that office before all credibility is lost.

  10. drunkwino says: Oct 26, 2013 10:54 PM

    ^
    Too late for that. That office hasn’t had credibility for years

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