Cary Williams fined $15,750 for horse collar


A horse collar tackle by cornerback Cary Williams on Darren Sproles’ kickoff return late in last Saturday’s game cost the Eagles 15 yards that the Saints used to set up their game-winning field goal.

It wound up costing Williams more than $15,000. PFT has confirmed with the league that Williams has been fined $15,750 for the infraction.

Williams’ penalty was costly, but it might have saved a touchdown. Sproles was sprinting up the sideline and nearing midfield without many Eagles in position to stop him when Williams dragged him down at the Saints’ 37-yard line. The penalty put the Saints into Eagles territory and New Orleans picked up 34 more yards, most of them on the ground, before Shayne Graham’s 32-yard field goal won the game.

Williams said after the game that his goal was to get Sproles down no matter the cost in a penalty. He didn’t mention the cost to himself, but the league took care of that this week.

15 responses to “Cary Williams fined $15,750 for horse collar

  1. The definition of a good penalty. Carey Williams was a great addition to the Eagles. Sure he gets beat a little and can caught with pass interference too much but under Andy Reid (post Jim Johnsons’s death) this defense was REALLY soft. He brought a much needed toughness and swagger to this defense.

  2. Yet the league fines Lynch $50,000 for not talking to the media enough. Great priorities there, Roger. So much for trying to PREVENT injuries and reduce the liability.

  3. As it turns out, Eagles would have been better off had Sproles taken it the distance and scored a TD. That would have given the Eagles the ball back with at least a chance to score a game winning TD.

    –Captain Hindsight

  4. You have got to be kidding me right I think nnamdi did better the Williams did and thats saying a lot Williams couldn’t cover me dam near every pass his direction was complete he got beat all the time and half the time he got beat then would run over the receiver and get called for pass interference and his tackling wasn’t that good ya he talked a lot but definitely didn’t back it up he would make a few big hits but hey so did Chung are we going to give him credit for being a good pick up too hell no

  5. mjtn is right. Oddly it worked out that the Eagles would have been better off if Sproles scored there. There was no possible way for Williams to know that, I am sure the odds ex ante did not favor that outcome, so he made the right play. Just strange how things turn out.

  6. If a player can save a TD by injuring (or taking a chance on injuring) the opposing player and it only costs them a penalty and a fine that’s barely more than the penalty for wearing the wrong color socks, he’ll take that deal every time.

    If they want to have a real impacton safety, these kinds of plays would result in the offending player being made to sit out one or more plays the next time his unit comes on the field, in addition to the yardage penalty.

  7. They would have been better off if Sconces missed him. Then they would have been down 30-24 with 4:30 left and about to receive the kickoff. The way it played out they had no chance.

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