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DeMarco Murray fined $21,000 for crown of helmet hit

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Not only is DeMarco Murray watching the playoffs this weekend, his wallet is lighter for a hit last week.

The Cowboys running back was fined $21,000 for leading with the crown of his helmet during last week’s loss to the Eagles, which kept the Cowboys out of the postseason.

It was a huge hit on Eagles defensive lineman Damion Square, flooring him in the open field. But it was clear at the time Murray would be making a donation.

For all the emphasis on the rule last offseason, it hasn’t been as widely called this year, as backs don’t seem to be doing things that much differently.

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38 Responses to “DeMarco Murray fined $21,000 for crown of helmet hit”
  1. polapea says: Jan 3, 2014 5:22 PM

    That hit was great. Maybe Square should bring it a little harder. He was standing up and loafing and he got blown up.

  2. eagleswin says: Jan 3, 2014 5:25 PM

    It was clear at the time that it was a penalty even though the refs didn’t call it.

    It was also the difference between a first down and punting. Thank god the refs didn’t change the outcome of the game. When do the regular refs get back again?

  3. nfl4days says: Jan 3, 2014 5:30 PM

    Can we just axe this stupid rule. I actually commend refs for not even trying to call this penalty because its almost impossible to determine unless its one on one in open field and how often does that happen? The NFL rule book is better suited for cyborgs than humans.

  4. cinvis says: Jan 3, 2014 5:31 PM

    This was one of the funniest hits ever. Little Murray de-cleating A lineman 100 lbs heavier. I’ll chip in a dollar to pay the fine if they are taking donations.

  5. huhsj says: Jan 3, 2014 5:31 PM

    Is 21k for a first offense higher than what a defensive player would get for a helmet to helmet?

  6. ryann252013 says: Jan 3, 2014 5:32 PM

    “Oh no!!! That probably hurt Damions feelings!!”
    – Roger Goodell

  7. jackybadass says: Jan 3, 2014 5:33 PM

    Tony will pay it with his signing bonus! Love when dem boys are watching the playoffs on TV !

  8. MichaelEdits says: Jan 3, 2014 5:34 PM

    Would you hit like that if you weren’t wearing a helmet? If not, then don’t do it with a helmet.

    (My reworking of a search engine policy on spamming.)

  9. boyddowler says: Jan 3, 2014 5:39 PM

    I give props to Murray. He knocked that guy into the following week.

  10. jucam1 says: Jan 3, 2014 5:46 PM

    Why have this rule if you only call it on defensive players?… If Square does this to Murray the refs, league, and Cowgirl fans would be crying. It’s fine, while the Jerruh Dallas Mediocre Team is sitting at home once again Square and the Birds are in the playoffs… But please, either get rid of the rule or call it both ways.

  11. jimnaizeeum says: Jan 3, 2014 6:06 PM

    boyddowler says:
    I give props to Murray. He knocked that guy into the following week.

    Yes, the week Murray will be watching that guy in the playoffs

  12. dannymac17 says: Jan 3, 2014 6:06 PM

    He really did truck stick the guy. I sat there and said that would be a fine, but if i were Murray thats going straight onto my personal highlight reel

  13. arwiv says: Jan 3, 2014 6:09 PM

    great hit, simply hard nosed football. screw the crown of the helmet nonsense.

    The fact that that NBC showed the hit about 50 times in a row didn’t help murray’s cause.

    BTW, Square’s grandkids are going to be abusing him over that hit 30 years from now.

  14. kehav1 says: Jan 3, 2014 6:10 PM

    Nfl4days: The NFL rule book is better suited for cyborgs than humans.

    I honestly believe this will happen. Seems farfetched, but one day it will. Or robots, they would have to not pay salaries at least… Lol .. And no lawsuits to deal with.

    But the hit was pretty good and I am a eagles fan.

  15. shatho1 says: Jan 3, 2014 6:15 PM

    jimnaizeeum January 3, 2014, 5:06 PM CST

    boyddowler says: I give props to Murray. He knocked that guy into the following week.

    Yes, the week Murray will be watching that guy in the playoffs

    yes the week that Murray will be watching the eagles lose in the playoffs!!! LOL!!!

  16. donttrip22 says: Jan 3, 2014 6:16 PM

    As George Carlin once said the pussification of america and its happening right in front of our eyes starting with the NFL

  17. janvanflac says: Jan 3, 2014 6:26 PM

    For everyone saying “great hit” it’s a good way to get paralyzed. pretty stupid, actually. And yes, it should have been called, just like all those plays when Dallas DBs were hanging on to the Eagles receivers’ jerseys. or when the OL was tackling the Eagles’ pass rushers. But no matter, they still lost. Watching Jerruh’s head explode was priceless.

  18. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 3, 2014 6:53 PM

    Another crap rule from a “lets all sit around and figure out how to water down the game while protecting league liability” meeting.

  19. therealtrenches says: Jan 3, 2014 6:56 PM

    I’m an Eagles fan since 1972, and even I think Murray schooled Damion Whatshisname with a good football hit.

    I’m hardly the kinda guy who says “why don’t you just make them wear skirts?” but these ticky tack penalties and mamby pamby fines are getting to be a bit much.

  20. choocho says: Jan 3, 2014 7:18 PM

    gimme a FREAKIN’ BREAK.

  21. laserw says: Jan 3, 2014 7:21 PM

    It was a definite missed penalty – it was so obvious that one has to wonder if the NFL really wanted the ‘Boys to win and had given orders to ignore Cowboys’ infractions in that game.

    Love it when a cowpie player is fined.

  22. mljohns says: Jan 3, 2014 7:22 PM

    janvanflac says: Jan 3, 2014 6:26 PM

    For everyone saying “great hit” it’s a good way to get paralyzed. pretty stupid, actually. And yes, it should have been called, just like all those plays when Dallas DBs were hanging on to the Eagles receivers’ jerseys. or when the OL was tackling the Eagles’ pass rushers. But no matter, they still lost. Watching Jerruh’s head explode was priceless.
    ____________

    Wow…you’d think the Eagles lost the game the way you’re whining here. Enjoy the win…watch your team in the playoffs and just let it go.

  23. usg1 says: Jan 3, 2014 7:26 PM

    Too bad it didn’t help the Cowboys secure the division and a playoff berth. Funny to see all their fans cheering the hit though. If it was the other way around and they still lost….. Not only would they be crying about getting screwed by the refs, but they would be calling Eagles fans classless for cheering the hit. Oh well, at least I can still enjoy watching my football team.

  24. ojdiddoit says: Jan 3, 2014 7:46 PM

    Murray speared the backup,under-sized,undrafted Square..yea DeMarco feel good about it as you write that check and watch the playoffs one more time,while The Birds smack the Saints around in chilly Philly

  25. oldringo says: Jan 3, 2014 7:55 PM

    I just don’t get it. What was Murray suppose to do, turn his back? He hit Square in the chest not the helmet! Have any of these people that make up the rules actually played the game? It’s hit or be hit! They used to call that football. Don’t like it? Turn it off!

  26. greattastelessfilling says: Jan 3, 2014 8:01 PM

    The fools who complain about Goodell when it comes to fines are just that, fools. What is he supposed to do? Honestly. The union, like all unions, speaks from both ends. They want to sue the NFL for not taking the precautions necessary from preventing the adults that play the game from hurting themselves, but also say it’s absurd that he fines players for doing things that hurt other players which those other players in-turn then sue the NFL for. Get it? Keep supporting the “hard working” union guys and see what happens to the sport you love…..or the car companies, manufacturers and other private entities that made this country great. Fools.

  27. mungman69 says: Jan 3, 2014 8:32 PM

    Yeah, now who won that game?

  28. dontouchmyjunk says: Jan 3, 2014 8:34 PM

    And no penalty. Should have been 15 yards against Dallas on that play.

  29. ianijm says: Jan 3, 2014 8:34 PM

    Just one in a litany of uncalled penalties against the Cowboys that game. Was patently obvious the NFL wanted the Cowgirls in the playoffs at all costs.

    Makes it even sweeter that they still managed to lose lol

  30. aces79 says: Jan 3, 2014 8:54 PM

    why dont the refs call these the refs should get fined for not calling these penalty’s

  31. bobbyhoying says: Jan 3, 2014 9:11 PM

    So how much extra does each zebra get paid by Jerrah at Cowgirls’ home games?

  32. themightywhitey says: Jan 3, 2014 9:22 PM

    thats FOOTBALL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. stinkfingers says: Jan 3, 2014 9:37 PM

    How could a play that doesn’t even draw a flag get a $21k fine? I’m an Eagle fan, and I thought that was a great play.

    Jerrah should use the cash he has set aside to cram more botox into his face, and pay Murray’s fine with it.

  34. greattastelessfilling says: Jan 3, 2014 9:51 PM

    Aces, the refs are protected by their union. They have NO accountability.

  35. sumkat says: Jan 3, 2014 10:31 PM

    Honestly, they could of called that against Murray 7-8 times last week. Personally, I think it’s dumb that they can’t lower their head outside of the tackle box, but the rules are what they are. I feel a lot of the rules that help the O are dumb, but they are what they are

    If they are going to have it in the rules, it should be flagged. Stupid to put a rule in and never call it, even in clear cases

  36. tenardjacksonsroachclip says: Jan 3, 2014 10:47 PM

    there is something fundamentally wrong with issuing a fine on a play that wasn’t flagged during a game. IF it didn’t get caught by the officials on the field, then mining game tape for what “Could have a been ” a penalty is BS. If I find some illegal hits on tape from 2, 3 or more weeks ago, I could scour same and issue penalties? Very lame on principle in my book.

  37. merc3375 says: Jan 4, 2014 12:14 AM

    Many disagree with the rule, but if it’s the rule and it is not followed, action should be taken. There were tons of non-calls in that game. Then again, look at where the game was played and who was playing.

  38. lonskils says: Jan 7, 2014 10:24 AM

    What’s funny is that they don’t go back and say, “Hey that wasn’t a penalty and it was called a penalty” Earlier this year Bruce Carter was called for a Horse Collar, yet on replay he never touches even the neck of the shoulder pads or the pads themselves or even the jersey in a way consistent with a horse collar. And yet, he was fined for the play.

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