Rashad Johnson fined for hit that concussed John Carlson


Vikings tight end John Carlson missed Thursday night’s game against the Buccaneers because of a concussion suffered on Sunday against the Cardinals. Now the player who caused that concussion has been fined by the NFL.

Cardinals safety Rashad Johnson, who nailed Carlson with a blindside block that caused the concussion, has been fined $21,000 by the NFL for the hit. Johnson also got a 15-yard penalty for the illegal blindside block.

That’s not much consolation for Carlson, and the concussion is a particular concern given Carlson’s history: He had to be hospitalized in January of 2011, when he was playing for the Seahawks and he suffered a serious concussion against the Bears. And he had at least two concussions during his college career at Notre Dame.

Vikings coach Leslie Frazier says he does not believe the rest of Carlson’s season could be in jeopardy.

Not at this point,” Frazier said. “None of the doctors have indicated to me that it’s something we have to be concerned about long-term. There will be a lot more discussions, because he hasn’t been cleared yet, but at this point, no, not a concern about his long-term future.”

Here’s hoping Carlson can be cleared to return soon. It’s a concern any time a player suffers a concussion, but it’s particularly alarming that Carlson could miss significant time all because Johnson delivered an illegal hit.

9 responses to “Rashad Johnson fined for hit that concussed John Carlson

  1. Seahawks made a smart move letting him go. Doesn’t look like his career will last much longer at this rate.

  2. The hit was marginal. It’s unfortunate that concussions happen in football whether hits are within the rules or not.

  3. THE NFL should look into changing the fine imposed for illegal hits. The player that makes the illegal should lose the same amount of pratice and playing time. If an illegal hit causes a player to lose playing time (one play, one week, or the entire season) the player that made the hit needs to be suspended for the same amount of time.

  4. I’m sure he’s a great guy and no one likes to see someone get hurt, but he should stop taking money from the Vikings for doing absolutely nothing. Talk about a lousy free agent signing!!! The Vikings should have picked up an offensive lineman because the ones they have right now can’t pass block worth a damn.

  5. There is a difference between an “illegal” hit and a cheap shot. If it looks intentional then a suspension should happen. I’m not saying this hit was intentional or even worthy of a fine. You can’t legislate injuries out of the game but those guys that cheap shot their opponents shouldp be dealt with harshly. Leave the big hits in the game; suspend the guys that are obviously headhunting.

  6. claymatthewsisonsteroids says:Oct 27, 2012 12:36 AM

    John Carlson plays for the Vikings?


    Yes. They have a thing for Notre Dame tight ends.

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