Slauson’s fine for low hit on Cushing upheld


When the league office imposes a fine for an on-field hit, we typically don’t find out about the outcome of the appeal.

When the hit in question was controversial, we typically do.

Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that the $10,000 fine imposed on Jets guard Matt Slauson for taking out the knee of Texans linebacker Brian Cushing was upheld via the third-party appeal process.

Cushing suffered a torn ACL on the play.

Mehta doesn’t mention whether the appeal was handled by Ted Cottrell or Art Shell, both of whom are jointly hired and compensated by the NFL and the NFLPA.

The outcome is a little surprising, given that Slauson wasn’t flagged and that Slauson appeared to hit the front of Cushing’s knee.  If so, it wouldn’t have been an illegal “peel back” block.

The league is expected to beef up the protections of defensive players for low hits at the annual meetings later this month.

8 responses to “Slauson’s fine for low hit on Cushing upheld

  1. $10k is a small price to pay to market the concept that trying to get away with “what that guy did to Cushing last year” is going to come with a price, especially considering somebody else is footing the entire bill. The leverage on this investment is incalculable!

  2. Texans O-Linemen do it all the time! ask Hampton,Keisel, and Hood..even the CBS prodcasters pointed it out! Chopping a player while he’s engaged is is what they do. Can’t really blame I’m cause its basically legal in the NFL but they so worried about player “saftey” I guess that only applies to head blows..NOT blowing out another players knees. We all know what happens to players with Knee. problems come contract time. Real nice Rodger..NOW change the rule.

  3. This was a clean play. And no, cut blocks should NOT be illegal. There are legal and illegal variations of cut blocks, it’s up to the players to know when they can and can’t go low.

  4. Mixed Messages – So how does it work? You have a rule book in which all players must abide by during play. Ok got that, fair enough. Then you go outside that rulebook in the determination if the player gets fined. Good work on that one NFL.

    Looks like Slauson was tried in the court of Roger Goodall’s safety initiative & made an example of!

  5. No flag was thrown on this play! I’d like to, but can’t conclude that fines shouldn’t be imposed on plays which no flag was originally thrown since you want justice for any more egregious infraction that the officials miss.

    Regardless there sure needs to be a higher level of accountability and consistency with flags thrown & reviews in the booth throughout the officiating corps. Still too much subjectivity depending on who’s in charge.

    I think this is the one thing that NFL should be seen as the biggest threat to the league popularity. I know its all part of the game to a certain degree but I quickly loose interest & motivation to watch when the refs don’t have it together and impact the outcome or an outcome that you’ll never know about because they missed or botched the call. It sucks the fun & excitement right out of it!

  6. I’m not sure how anyone can say he was hit in the front. Clausen ran up from behind Cushing after whiffing on a block and took his knee out from behind. This was a few yards outside the play and beyond the LOS. No question it should have been a flag and a fine.

  7. The offending player should be held liable for a share of the injured player’s salary and medical care, the same as I would be if I intentionally injured someone by my negligence.
    NFLPA/Owners could carry a policy that players contribute to.Just like auto insurance, you get a claim against you, your premium goes up.
    It’s all on film, so errors would be minimal, use a 3 man arbitration panel with each side having a representative.
    That would make head hunters and bounty types think twice!!

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