Richard Rodgers fined $24,309, but T.J. Watt not fined for hit on Brett Hundley

Getty Images

The NFL fined Packers tight end Richard Rodgers $24,309 for an illegal block Sunday, via Bob McGinn of bobmcginnfootball.com.

Rodgers had a crackback block on Steelers safety Sean Davis on a 2-yard pass from Brett Hundley to Jordy Nelson in the second quarter. Officials threw a flag for unnecessary roughness, but the Steelers declined it.

Steelers linebacker T.J. Watt was not fined for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Hundley in the fourth quarter. Watt also was not penalized.

The league determined Hundley had become a runner, not a passer, and Watt did not lead with the crown of his helmet.

32 responses to “Richard Rodgers fined $24,309, but T.J. Watt not fined for hit on Brett Hundley

  1. wafflestomp says:

    As long as the league looked into it, I have no problem with the ruling.
    ##############

    Watching the play live, no one should have had a problem with the ruling.

  2. Look at the video.Hundley was in the pocket and trying to take cover knowing he was going to be hit.He wasn’t running,he was taking cover.Steelers once again played down to an opponents level.No wonder the Patriots OWN the Squealers.

  3. @gtodriver

    Of course if the same play happens against the Vikings you would be whining for hours.

    At least be consistent

  4. So let me get this straight. Dean Lowry, who quite literally touched Flacco’s helmet after swatting at his arm, gets flagged 15 yards and fined 18k. But when Hundley takes a hit to his temple from the crown of Watt’s helmet, while still in the pocket and clearly not going anywhere, it’s not even a penalty. LOL. Okay. Not to mention it was the only part of Watt’s body that even made contact with Hundley’s. Ridiculous no call.

  5. They really need to look at how they issue and why the6 issue these fines. There seems to be some illogical and inconsistent fines every week. I’m sensing the guy who does this doesn’t have a lot of common sense.

  6. The poor Packers just aren’t getting the calls going their way this year that they’re used to getting when they shouldn’t be. The whole league feels sorry for you. It’s refreshing to see this.

  7. I think when Watt got into his spearing position Hundley had not yet lowered his head into a head-on crash. Then they crashed.

  8. irishgary says:
    December 1, 2017 at 8:51 pm
    @gtodriver

    Of course if the same play happens against the Vikings you would be whining for hours.

    At least be consistent

    ————————————-

    It’s hard to take Packers fans seriously…they still whine about the legal Anthony Barr hit on Rodgers…even though the officials on the field, the NFL, and every NFL fan that doesn’t root for the Packers agree that it was completely legal…

  9. The NFL mentality is that of a person who started stealing. They found that when they made calls that benefitted their bottom line, many fans of the teams benefitting didn’t care that their team was handed the victory.
    Calls became more egregious, but people still watched and the debate about the fixed Steeler Seahawk Super Bowl, Calvin Johnson’s catch, Dez Bryant catch, TJ Watt ear holing Hundley no call, Broncos ear holing Cam, Vinny scoring a TD stopped one obvious yard short ( Erickson says hi ) still was the refs need to be full time, they suck, blah blah blah.
    Nobody could see the big picture that the refs aren’t questioned publicly, their calls serve the purpose of furthering the NFL’s agenda, and they have stated in court the game is not a competition, it’s entrrtainment.
    I’m not sure when it will be obvious to all, but this is quiz show and every other money making scheme on steroids.
    Zion isn’t that fun ( reality is that games are manipulated ), but sorry everyone, the matrix isn’t real. The NFL is run by people that know we’re too stupid to notice, because they take their cues from the government who noticed this 241 years ago,

  10. gtodriver says:
    December 1, 2017 at 8:32 pm
    wafflestomp says:

    As long as the league looked into it, I have no problem with the ruling.
    ##############

    Watching the play live, no one should have had a problem with the ruling.
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Anybody watching it live would not have been surprised if it had been flagged, either. I don’t think it should have been flagged, but I would not have been surprised if it were. Such is today’s NFL.

  11. To call Hundley a runner in that situation is where the NFL ruled incorrectly. The QB was being flushed out of the pocket, took two steps forward and still well behind the line of scrimmage with Watt lowered the crown of his helmet to hit Hundley in the head.

    The Steelers must have pictures of Goodell with a tranny or something because this was a text book helmet to helmet hit that deserves to be finded.

  12. As expected, there’s at least one Barney fan who doesn’t let this stop him from claiming the Packers get every call.

  13. How can you determine a QB is a runner when he’s still in the pocket? Ridiculous non call, should have been helmet to helmet hit 15 yards a first down, and should have been fined $29,119 (or whatever the amount is these days).

  14. This is awfully tough game when a defender moves in for a non self-neck-breaking tackle and the darn qb’s real time adjustment to the situation includes moving the head which a split second earlier wasn’t in the line of impact regarding the defender’s intended path of contact.

  15. When the defender leads with the shoulder his head is in a natural non-contact spot, still it must be a part of the human body–somewhere. When unexpectedly the qb adjust his own body and the qb’s head naturally appears in an unexpected place the committed tackler can’t change the local of his own committed noggin. In other words, with the absolute best of intention and technique, sh*t happens. Respects to NFL for not overreacting to a single still (misleading) picture of helmet on helmet.

    The scenario above is not uncommon, often impossible for the game officials to interpret correctly in real time situation. Just the way it is, and why it is adults are needed to access off the field discipline, or lack of.

  16. If you look at the replay it was actually Hundley who lowered his helmet into an approaching Watt, had Hundley not done that Watt would’ve just kind of sideswiped him with likely no helmet contact. Good non call.

  17. Over $24k for a fine?
    And that entire horrible organization is crying around about getting their bonus $ back from the black unicorn.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!