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Darian Stewart fined again, this time for hit on Andrew Luck

DENVER, CO - SEPTEMBER 18:  Free safety Darian Stewart #26 of the Denver Broncos is called for unnecessary roughness for tackling quarterback Andrew Luck #12 of the Indianapolis Colts as he slides for a first down in the fourth quarter of the game at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on September 18, 2016 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Justin Edmonds/Getty Images) Getty Images

For the second week in a row, Broncos defensive back Darian Stewart has been fined for a hit on an opposing quarterback.

Stewart was fined this week for a hit on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, Troy Renck of ABC 7 in Denver reports. Last week Stewart was fined for a hit on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Stewart has said he is appealing both fines, although it’s hard to imagine he’ll win either appeal, as he clearly hit both quarterbacks in the helmet illegally.

This time Stewart was fined only $9,115 for his hit on Luck, in which Stewart drove his forearm into Luck’s helmet as Luck was sliding. That’s half as much as the $18,231 Stewart was fined for his hit on Newton. The NFL views roughing the passer as a greater offense than unnecessary roughness, which is why Stewart was fined more for the hit on Newton than for the hit on Luck.

Eventually, the NFL may need to do more than just fine Stewart. Two hits on quarterbacks’ heads in two games is too much. If Stewart doesn’t stop, the NFL may need to suspend him.

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41 Responses to “Darian Stewart fined again, this time for hit on Andrew Luck”
  1. 345snarkavenue says: Sep 21, 2016 4:39 PM

    Eventually, the NFL may need to do more than just fine Stewart. Two hits on quarterbacks’ heads in two games is too much. If Stewart doesn’t stop, the NFL may need to suspend him.

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    discipline in this league is a joke.

  2. manipuraram says: Sep 21, 2016 4:41 PM

    Darian Stewart is out there to knock people out. He did it all the time on the Rams. Broke people’s legs, ended careers. No surprise here. He’s a bad dude.

  3. jayhawk6 says: Sep 21, 2016 4:44 PM

    Suspend him now.

  4. denver1983 says: Sep 21, 2016 4:45 PM

    That’s fine the Broncos will pick up the tap

  5. mmack66 says: Sep 21, 2016 4:56 PM

    The Bronco Way***

  6. flash1287 says: Sep 21, 2016 4:59 PM

    How’s a dirtier player, him or TJ Ward?

  7. Irsay's Bong says: Sep 21, 2016 5:06 PM

    denver1983 says:
    Sep 21, 2016 4:45 PM
    That’s fine the Broncos will pick up the tap
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    And hide the money? Same Ole Broncos dirty hits and dirty money…

  8. captainspangled says: Sep 21, 2016 5:09 PM

    You mean the worthless fine they doled out for launching himself at an opposing QBs head last week didn’t matter at all to him?

    gee willikers I’m flummoxed by tbat

  9. mmack66 says: Sep 21, 2016 5:11 PM

    flash1287 says:
    Sep 21, 2016 4:59 PM

    How’s a dirtier player, him or TJ Ward?
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    That’s easy.

    Brandon Marshall.

  10. aljack88 says: Sep 21, 2016 5:11 PM

    So…….. he does another head shot, break’s the player’s neck or some other life threatening injury….
    Mike – you’re a lawyer… what do you think?

  11. bsizemore68 says: Sep 21, 2016 5:13 PM

    Sooner or later a helmet hit will break a guys neck, then the league will cry crocodile tears for the player, or for the money they think they will lose. You can pick. Bill

  12. jrebar88 says: Sep 21, 2016 5:19 PM

    Oh yeah, that elbow was so brutal! *Rolls eyes* eventually PFT will stop calling for every Broncos defensive player to be suspended.

  13. jrebar88 says: Sep 21, 2016 5:20 PM

    So many whiners on here, must be fans of losers.
    #Back2Back
    #LosersWhineWinnersImprove

  14. mongo3401 says: Sep 21, 2016 5:22 PM

    I thought fines increased each time a player violates the same rule ? Now in this case it’s cut in half? A bit in the helmet is a bit in the helmet What next time he gets fined half of this fine ? It’s clear the NFL has its own sliding scale for favored players.

    He does it again he should be fined triple and suspended for X amount of games. It’s clear there are some players that do not care about their future health but also don’t care about others future help

    If he seriously injured someone down the road with the same type of hit the NFL might have a huge problem on its hand

  15. shootscuz says: Sep 21, 2016 5:38 PM

    Do people comment on this stuff without having seen the play? Stewart had already launched before Luck did a qb slide. The hit probably hurt Strewart’s elbow more than Luck’s head.

  16. jag1959 says: Sep 21, 2016 5:40 PM

    flash1287 says:
    Sep 21, 2016 4:59 PM
    How’s a dirtier player, him or TJ Ward?
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    Funny you should ask that. I was thinking as I was reading the article it sure does take some heat off Ward, Talib and Marshall having that db out there.

  17. mmack66 says: Sep 21, 2016 5:40 PM

    jrebar88 says:
    Sep 21, 2016 5:19 PM

    Oh yeah, that elbow was so brutal! *Rolls eyes* eventually PFT will stop calling for every Broncos defensive player to be suspended.
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    Not until those players stop playing dirty.

    Of course, they can’t win any other way, so I’m not holding my breath.

  18. daddeeo says: Sep 21, 2016 5:47 PM

    The NFL needs to give the officials the backing to shut this kind of thing down.

    Hits to the head will happen. LAUNCHING yourself at the head is unacceptable.

  19. fuschumang says: Sep 21, 2016 5:50 PM

    Working visitor side security for the Broncos, I hear much. Andrew Luck pointing at Stewart and giving him the thumbs-up was to indicate he knew it wasn’t dirty. That would mean nothing to Goodell. Talking to Luck’s parents on the way out of the stadium, they felt it was a clean hit as well. That too means nothing.

    The Broncos wear the “dirty” label like a medal earned. They are remorseless in a sport where hesitations mean losses all too often. Let the laundry continue to rain.

  20. morbidtaint says: Sep 21, 2016 5:53 PM

    2/5 of a percent of his salary this year before taxes. Not sure why these fines are even newsworthy.

  21. john6v54 says: Sep 21, 2016 5:54 PM

    He “Drove his forearm into Luck’s helmet”? Watch a video of this people. Stewart was in position to destroy Luck but bailed after Luck slid. His forearm still grazed his helmet.

  22. jlstaud says: Sep 21, 2016 6:07 PM

    This is the most absurd story ever! All you morons commenting have no idea what even happened. If you go back and watch that play, Stewart does everything he can to avoid hitting Luck. Had he not, Luck wouldn’t even be talking today. This fine is stupid, this story is absurd and the commenters are the blind leading the blind.

  23. milehighmagik7 says: Sep 21, 2016 6:11 PM

    Wow funny how he is being called dirty. Every week players deliver forearms to players while tackling to make a hit but Luck slides causing it to go to helmet and now it’s a dirty play. Let me guess thats what cause the Colts to lose the game too right

  24. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Sep 21, 2016 6:21 PM

    At this rate, he won’t have money left to pay a fine for targeting Brady’s knees when Broncos play the Patriots later this year. He better be careful.

  25. mmack66 says: Sep 21, 2016 6:26 PM

    You Donkeys*** apologists are too much. Everyone outside of Denver knows they play dirty.

    Might as well embrace it, since you can’t win without it.

  26. ocgunslinger says: Sep 21, 2016 7:19 PM

    jlstaud says:
    Sep 21, 2016 6:07 PM
    This is the most absurd story ever! All you morons commenting have no idea what even happened. If you go back and watch that play, Stewart does everything he can to avoid hitting Luck. Had he not, Luck wouldn’t even be talking today. This fine is stupid, this story is absurd and the commenters are the blind leading the blind.
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    You think this is bad? Try dropping the Patriots name or mention deflategate and cheaters. They go delusional bonkers here.

  27. nhpats says: Sep 21, 2016 7:23 PM

    Stewart is a punk

  28. BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap says: Sep 21, 2016 7:43 PM

    Look, everyone knows the Broncos can only win when they cheat. See the two SB* where they paid three players under the table (two of them the biggest contracts on the team) to circumvent the salary cap. They’re a filthy organization.

    I’m not even going to get into the time they were caught filming their opponents practice or how their QB was caught receiving shipments of HGH.

  29. captainwhodat says: Sep 21, 2016 8:00 PM

    captainspangled says: You mean the worthless fine they doled out for launching himself at an opposing QBs head last week didn’t matter at all to him?

    gee willikers I’m flummoxed by tbat

    …and I, sir, am completely bumfuzzled…

  30. gotdebttoo says: Sep 21, 2016 8:03 PM

    Um, he was giving the REF the thumbs up. Not Stewart

  31. hang3xc says: Sep 21, 2016 8:23 PM

    Did he go to the “Brandon Meriweather School of Tackling”?

  32. fatsolio says: Sep 21, 2016 8:23 PM

    Nice to see he has the great ability to learn and adjust.

    Amazing how dumb most of these players are.

  33. boogerhut says: Sep 21, 2016 8:23 PM

    mongo3401 says:
    Sep 21, 2016 5:22 PM
    I thought fines increased each time a player violates the same rule ? Now in this case it’s cut in half? A bit in the helmet is a bit in the helmet What next time he gets fined half of this fine ? It’s clear the NFL has its own sliding scale for favored players.

    He does it again he should be fined triple and suspended for X amount of games. It’s clear there are some players that do not care about their future health but also don’t care about others future help

    If he seriously injured someone down the road with the same type of hit the NFL might have a huge problem on its hand

    He didn’t commit the same penalty twice Einstein, read paragraph two. Duh!

  34. TedHurtz says: Sep 21, 2016 8:25 PM

    Trash team
    Trash player
    Tarnished trophies
    Today’s WWNFL

  35. Kerouac says: Sep 21, 2016 8:26 PM

    Unlike modern braking systems vehicles, football players today do not stop any faster, hit any softer nor embrace pacifism any less than they did yesteryear. Jack Lambert’s “might be a good idea to put dresses on all of them” re: QB’s, has, for all intents & purposes, come to fruition the game this compromi$ed era.

    Jack, Chuck Bednarik, Dick Butkus, Ray Nitschke, Willie Lanier, Mike Curtis and Ben Davidson among others might all need off-season jobs and a good lawyer in order play/pay their fines/not get suspended/stay out the pokey, played they today’s NFL.

    Remembering Darryl Stingley and Jack Tatum too, considering the reality latter’s statement – “if you want to play football for a living, you’re going to get injured” as well the “criminal element” trial Noll/Atkinson, football as we knew it may have reached its limit. Signpost up ahead, next stop… Autobots vs Decepticons.

  36. motsuret06 says: Sep 21, 2016 8:34 PM

    Next time this idiot needs to be suspended for a couple of games without pay and him and the Broncos will be howling about that.

  37. nflfan1 says: Sep 21, 2016 8:59 PM

    DIRTIEST team in the league. Period.

  38. justsayin70 says: Sep 21, 2016 10:13 PM

    BroncosCheatedTheSalaryCap is sour 24/7 … must suck to have such a pathetic life.

  39. RE LEE says: Sep 21, 2016 11:15 PM

    What’s several thousand fine for a ring?

  40. jkbachman says: Sep 22, 2016 12:30 AM

    For those of you who actually watched the game, Stewart was already going in for the low tackle. It was after Stewart started this that Luck started his slide. The reason for the low fine was probably due to the fact that Stewart couldn’t change his trajectory mid air. I was okay with the penalty and okay with the fine because it clearly was not intentional.

  41. milehighmagik7 says: Sep 22, 2016 8:09 AM

    The bottom line is your mad. Your mad that your Denvers defense isn’t gonna be as good cause they lost 2 players statement is not working out for you. Your mad cause the Broncos are still winning after losing Brock. Your mad because once again we are SB CHAMPS. And your mad because you know that the only way your team can win the AFC West is if the Broncos are bad. Most teams say were gonna win cause our team is good but not you haters you say were gonna win cause the Broncos are bad. Your mad cause thats not working out for you

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