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Quinton Coples won appeal of fine for hit on Jake Locker

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Titans quarterback Jake Locker is out for the season with a foot injury, but he’d previously hurt his hip and knee this season when he was hit by Jets defenders Quinton Coples and Muhammad Wilkerson in the Titans’ blowout win over the Jets earlier this season.

Locker said he thought there was nothing dirty about the hits, which came one after the other as he spun off Wilkerson into Coples. The officials in the game agreed as there were no flags, but the NFL disagreed and decided to fine both Jets players. Upon further review, it looks like Locker and the officials hit the nail on the head from the start.

It was reported last month that Wilkerson won his appeal of the fine and Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports Thursday that Coples also made a successful argument for overturning the penalty. The two fines totaled $23,660 before they were wiped from the books.

While it is never easy to figure out exactly why some plays are fined while others escape the wrath of the league office, these fines were particularly puzzling because there was no flag and no real sense at the time that the officials had made the wrong call. No one would have even noticed the hits had Locker not been injured and the standard for fines should be the action of the defender rather than the outcome.

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6 Responses to “Quinton Coples won appeal of fine for hit on Jake Locker”
  1. cliverush says: Nov 21, 2013 12:30 PM

    Can the Patriots appeal the last play?

  2. nyyjetsknicks says: Nov 21, 2013 12:48 PM

    A-Rod: Can this guy hear my case?

  3. thestrategyexpert says: Nov 21, 2013 1:11 PM

    Shouldn’t he get more than the fine amount for the damage to his reputation that comes with announcing him as a dirty player that deserves a fine in the first place? When do NFL league personnel get fined for stuff that they do? They never seem to get in trouble or have to pay fines. I guess they are perfect and never make mistakes or do anything wrong in their personal lives.

  4. thegreatgabbert says: Nov 21, 2013 1:11 PM

    The arbitrator asked Q what that was on his bicep. “That’s a brand, worm, now give me my money back.”. The arbitrator was convinced.

  5. dodohead418 says: Nov 21, 2013 8:02 PM

    I don’t think even the league knows what a clean hit from a dirty hit since Suh got fined for a clean hit…

  6. zeke2517 says: Nov 21, 2013 10:36 PM

    “Can the Patriots appeal the last play?”

    Can I ask an irrelevant question?

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