Tamba Hali, Justin Houston fined for Monday Night infractions


Chiefs linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston each played a role in the most significant play of Monday night’s 16-13 loss to the Steelers, although the NFL was a little more concerned with their actions on other plays in the game.

Hali and Houston, who were both in on the sack that knocked Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger out of the game and out of this week’s game with shoulder and rib injuries, have each been fined by the league. Hali was fined $25,000 for hitting Roethlisberger’s backup Byron Leftwich with his helmet in the fourth quarter. Hali was flagged for roughing the passer on the play, which helped move the Steelers close enough to take a 13-10 lead with a Shaun Suisham field goal.

Houston picked up a smaller fine for his starring role in a Chiefs group touchdown celebration in the third quarter. Houston recovered what was ruled a fumble on the field and returned it for a touchdown before celebrating with the rest of the Chiefs defense. The team was penalized for unsportsmanlike conduct and Houston has now received a $7,875 fine for the transgression.

Making matters worse, the touchdown was wiped out when the call was overturned to an incomplete pass. The penalty stood, though.

14 responses to “Tamba Hali, Justin Houston fined for Monday Night infractions

  1. That was such an obvious call in real time that the Chiefs should complain. Whether or not it was a pass wasn’t even questionable. Had the officials done their job and blown the play dead, the celebration never would have occurred. It would have resulted in a 4th & 7 instead of a 1st & 10. IMO, the Chiefs have a legitimate gripe here.
    And I’m a Steelers fan.

  2. Love the huge failure of the Chiefs this season and I take delight at the image of them doing a ridiculous celebration for a touchdown that wasn’t a touchdown. But why is Houston the one that’s fined? Isn’t he the one that scored the touchdown that wasn’t a touchdown? Shouldn’t the other players, the ones that didn’t score a touchdown that wasn’t a touchdown be the ones that are fined?

  3. Wow so the NFL doesn’t look at game film when handing out fines? A replay clearly showed Hali’s helmet hit him in the shoulder not in the head. He should appeal that.

  4. Hahaha i was in the stands in the endzone when them idiots did their dumb lil dance and i remember thinking.. do these idiots even know they have a 1-7 record??? Bafoons!

  5. What’s sad is that Hali hit Ben in the shoulder not in the head on that play. Shouldn’t have been a penalty, shouldn’t have been a fine.

    Incorrect. Hali launched himself and hit Ben’s shoulder and then hit Ben’s helmet. It was the launching part and the fact that the helmet is considered a “head-area” is what made it a penalty.

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