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Darian Stewart fined $18k for helmet-to-helmet hit on Cam Newton

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) lies on the turf after Denver Broncos free safety Darian Stewart (26) was called for roughing the passer during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Denver. The Broncos won 21-20. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) AP

On a day when the league is promising $100 million to combat their concussion problem, they’re also establishing a menu for what the cost of player safety actually is.

According to Adam Caplan of ESPN, Broncos safety Darian Stewart has been fined $18,231 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton.

Stewart’s was the only one of the four second-half head-shots to the MVP which was penalized on the field, but it was negated by an intentional grounding penalty.

Linebacker Brandon Marshall is also expected to be fined for launching himself into a helmet-to-helmet hit. Hits by Von Miller and Bradley Roby are also going to be reviewed.

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35 Responses to “Darian Stewart fined $18k for helmet-to-helmet hit on Cam Newton”
  1. sopadegato says: Sep 14, 2016 11:15 AM

    Gotta protect Carolina’s golden boy. Figures.

  2. 69goatboy says: Sep 14, 2016 11:20 AM

    Pocket change.
    5 figure fines for guys making 7 and 8 figures annually are meaningless.

    The helmet to helmet contact will continue unless action is taken at the moment of the infraction (i.e ejection).

  3. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 14, 2016 11:22 AM

    well that ought to end all illegal head hits for the rest of the year.

  4. skmad2014 says: Sep 14, 2016 11:23 AM

    Would be nice if fine money was directly invested towards retired concussion sufferers; doubt it is.

  5. silvernblackpride says: Sep 14, 2016 11:23 AM

    Yet another cheap shot HELMET TO HELMET Bronco head shot ……….guess the refs bet on all the games !!!!!!!!!

    18 bucks to these players
    not really enough

  6. redeemerac says: Sep 14, 2016 11:23 AM

    $18,000 to these guys is like $20 bucks for the common man.
    If that’s all it is…this might actually encourage more of it.

  7. guiness17 says: Sep 14, 2016 11:26 AM

    Somehow, a guy named 69goatboy is dead right.

  8. stoopidfool says: Sep 14, 2016 11:28 AM

    simple…….a helmet to von miller’s knee should clarify things

  9. elwayfanj says: Sep 14, 2016 11:30 AM

    It was a love tap, barely even touched him.

  10. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 14, 2016 11:32 AM

    What does the NFL do with the fine money?

  11. LyinRogerMustGo says: Sep 14, 2016 11:37 AM

    Helmet to Helmet hits will stop once players figure out that smashing their dome into someone else’s and getting featured on Sportscenter isn’t worth an automatic ejection and a 6 digit fine.

    Which is what the penalty would be if the NFL really gave two chipmunk farts about concussions.

  12. xxsweepthelegxx says: Sep 14, 2016 11:37 AM

    sopadegato says:
    Sep 14, 2016 11:15 AM
    Gotta protect Carolina’s golden boy. Figures.
    ——
    Never understood comments like this. Did he or did he not hit Cam in the head with his helmet? If the answer is yes, then he gets penalized on the field (which he did appropriately) and gets fined afterwards. It’s that simple.

    Not sure what this happens to do with Cam at all really.

  13. realityonetwo says: Sep 14, 2016 11:39 AM

    How much does he have to send to Newton’s dad?

  14. mmack66 says: Sep 14, 2016 11:40 AM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Sep 14, 2016 11:32 AM

    What does the NFL do with the fine money?
    ———————–

    It allegedly goes to charitable causes. Like BLM, etc.

  15. cardiovascularendurance says: Sep 14, 2016 11:44 AM

    Some of you guys never made it out of elementary school math. Stewart’s making $2m this year. $18k is 0.9% of that. That ain’t going to make him go broke, but it’s not equivalent to $20 for most of us either. It’s more like $500 for someone who makes $60k. I don’t know about you all, but I don’t like paying $500 speeding tickets.

  16. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Sep 14, 2016 11:45 AM

    If you don’t want to get hit like a RB then don’t act like one.

  17. fallujahff says: Sep 14, 2016 11:47 AM

    How did they arrive at $18,231? What kind of is fine is that?

    So… basically you can take out star players and win football games for the low low price of $18,231.

    Nice. Totally legit.

  18. corkspop says: Sep 14, 2016 11:49 AM

    Not enough. More fines should be coming, too. Go after the QB, hit him in the chest, hit him hard, that’s a strategy, I guess. But helmet to helmet is off limits. Twice in a game should lead to a suspension.

  19. cb28031 says: Sep 14, 2016 11:52 AM

    Can the Ref’s get fined too?

  20. atepper001 says: Sep 14, 2016 11:54 AM

    that was the one hit where i thought he went in with his shoulder and cam lowered his shoulder and then they hit head to head. didnt look like head hunting at all.

  21. maiphatdong says: Sep 14, 2016 11:56 AM

    worth it!

  22. joetoronto says: Sep 14, 2016 11:58 AM

    I hate to side with the Donkeys, but only Marshall’s hit was finable, IMO.

    You gotta let them play football.

  23. dexterismyhero says: Sep 14, 2016 12:01 PM

    Should be a bigger fine and a maybe even a suspension of at least 1 game.
    Even though I get fairly sarcastic on this site, the fine probably isn’t going to stop these types of hits.

  24. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 14, 2016 12:08 PM

    Never ceases to amaze that people can watch the same play and have completely different versions of what happened, even after multiple slow motion camera angles show you what really happened.

    Enough with this “Cam lowered his head” nonsense.

    Stewart lined him up and launched. Same with Marshall. He looked like he was trying to fly! Any other version is homerism.

    Just watch them on any number of videos posted.

  25. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 14, 2016 12:10 PM

    joetoronto says:
    Sep 14, 2016 11:58 AM
    I hate to side with the Donkeys, but only Marshall’s hit was finable, IMO.

    You gotta let them play football.


    Dude, watch the replay. Stewart had his arms pinned back and looked like a freakin missile!

    This isn’t a more probable thing. it’s there for all to see.

    But I guess when you’re looking through orange glasses things look different.

  26. greg2geez says: Sep 14, 2016 12:25 PM

    I guess $18k doesn’t buy as many sour grapes as it used to.

  27. j huber says: Sep 14, 2016 12:45 PM

    The NFL is back-asswards on their fines. Dude gets 18k fine for helmet to helmet hit, while another gets 40k fine for uniform violation? Sounds like justice to you?? Gimme a break!!!!!!

    And how come Brady didn’t get fined for missing NFL helmet logo? Ignorance of law is never an excuse.

  28. quickbooks12 says: Sep 14, 2016 12:49 PM

    He launched himself, and he ended up making helmet contact. It doesn’t matter if Cam lowered his head. The act of launching makes it intent

  29. bbillsfan01 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:05 PM

    shoulda been 4 games/checks plus extra
    He’s a punk just like Talib

  30. aksully says: Sep 14, 2016 1:16 PM

    You guys are weak. Someone on your team will have a personal foul next week and you won’t take the time to come here and spout off about it.

  31. aksully says: Sep 14, 2016 1:17 PM

    If you don’t want to get hit don’t play football.

  32. xxsweepthelegxx says: Sep 14, 2016 1:21 PM

    j huber says:
    Sep 14, 2016 12:45 PM
    The NFL is back-asswards on their fines. Dude gets 18k fine for helmet to helmet hit, while another gets 40k fine for uniform violation? Sounds like justice to you?? Gimme a break!!!!!!

    And how come Brady didn’t get fined for missing NFL helmet logo? Ignorance of law is never an excuse.
    ——-
    I totally agree. As for Brady, my guess is that they missed the boat on the decal removal penalty just like they missed the $25k fine on his equipment violation back in January 2015. But they more than made up for with a loss in draft picks, $1mil fines and 4 game suspension.

    So, I agree with you, as a Pats fan, I’d take a fine of $25K and whatever fine you want for missing decal if you remove the bogus suspension.

  33. pantherpro says: Sep 14, 2016 1:38 PM

    Another dirty Bronco chump! It may take a third game but we will get you!

    Cameron

  34. aksully says: Sep 14, 2016 1:52 PM

    Funny thing is, if Cam had some intelligence he’d know that all his little antics irritate anyone that’s not ion his team or fan base. Of course they’re going to want to hit you harder “sweetheart”. Keep wearing leopard print yoga pants and women’s capri pants. Keep acting like a little girl when you lose. Naming his child “Chosen” tells you all you need to know about this jerk. Seek out Rodgers, Brady, Manning etc. if you don’t want the other team to have the extra motivation…idiot

  35. embertn says: Sep 14, 2016 3:27 PM

    aksully says:
    Sep 14, 2016 1:17 PM

    If you don’t want to get hit don’t play football.

    NO there are rules that protect the passer. If you have the skill to be a Quarterback, then you earn that protection.

    If you don’t like the rules that protect the passer (and other skill positions), too bad.

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