Dominic Raiola fined for hit to the head, not for hit to the knees

AP

Lions center Dominic Raiola was fined for a cheap shot against the Patriots on Sunday. Just not the cheap shot everyone has been talking about.

Raiola, who admitted he took a shot at Patriots defensive tackle Zach Moore’s knees on the final play of the game, was not fined for that. But he was fined $10,000 for taking a swing at Moore’s head on another play.

“Dominic Raiola was fined $10,000 for unnecessary roughness,” NFL spokesman Michael Signora said. “Specifically, on a pass play, he unnecessarily struck his opponent, violating Rule 12, Section 2, Article 12(c) of the NFL Rule Book which prohibits ‘striking, swinging at, or clubbing the head, neck, or face of an opponent with the wrist(s), arm(s), elbow(s), or hand(s).’ The play was a third-and-nine from the Detroit 35 with 57 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Again, Raiola was not fined for his block on the final snap of the game.”

That the NFL fined Raiola for that play and not for the cut block to Moore shows that the NFL is a lot more cautious about protecting players’ heads than about protecting players’ knees. Many NFL players, especially defensive linemen, have said that all blocks to the knee should be outlawed. But the NFL is particularly sensitive about hits to the head, and it was a hit to the head that got Raiola fined.

39 responses to “Dominic Raiola fined for hit to the head, not for hit to the knees

  1. $100,000 for ignoring the media
    $15,000 for the wrong socks
    $0 for deliberately injuring a player and bragging about it.

    Yeah, Goodell is a great leader……….

    SMH

  2. Better than nothing but not nearly appropriate. Really hard to understand the NFL brass most of the time.

    And the fact that he waited for Wolfork to get off the field, then punched the rookie after he got beat, well that tells you everything you need to know about DR. More like DB.

  3. “the NFL is a lot more cautious about protecting players’ heads than about protecting players’ knees”

    Until the coming lawsuit against the league by former players who are having trouble walking is filed. They will use examples like Raiola as primary exhibits to prove their point.

  4. Goodell’s office got it wrong. Imagine that!

    It would be so nice if the commissioner could do the right thing because it’s the right thing rather than making these decisions based on the most recent lawsuit.

  5. Why hasn’t the Cheifs saftey been fined for the helmet to helmet on RB Latavius Murray? He wasn’t even penelized in the game- No flag- On national tv!

  6. What’s interesting is Mosley got fined for his hit on the Pats’ long snapper, but Wilfork did the exact same thing and no fine.

    Forget about it Jake. It’s Bradytown.

  7. Is Raiola dirty? Sure, but unless you’re gonna have special blocking rules for kneel down plays, it’s the players responsibility to protect themselves on every play. Raiola pushes the envelope. He goes downfield like a bat out of hell whacking defenders -who have often eased up- at the end of run plays all the time. Want a Raiola rule for that too? It’s funny how people NOW think guys will “come after him”, “teach him a lesson”.

  8. Wow the league really dropped the ball on this one. Can’t believe they didn’t fine Raiola for wearing red colored socks. If Goodell really cared about player safety, he wouldn’t allow players to engage in the dangerous behavior of wearing shirts and socks of the wrong color.

  9. There shouldn’t be a fine for breaking “unwritten” rules. It was a legal block delivered on a play where the “unwritten” rule is to not block.

  10. Like many others, I don’t under stand how clubbing a guy in the back of the head earns you a $10,000 fine, but Lynch refusing to speak to the media is $100,000. I think a modest fine is appropriate for situations like Lynch’s, while Raiola should have been suspended.

  11. Wow what whiners the lions fans are – you got demolished by the best team in the league-move on!

  12. Here’s the thing: is what he did illegal? Aside from the intentional attempt to injure: no, there is no requirement to not attempt to play on a kneel down. Here’s the thing: IT WAS HIS TEAMS’ KNEEL DOWN. He wasn’t trying to blow up a victory formation: he was ignoring his OWN TEAMS’ instructions to kneel down. Which means it should have fallen to his TEAM to discipline him for ignoring instructions, but that’s not gonna happen on the Lions, now is it?

  13. Is there even a single Pats fan out there who sees the irony in how mad you all are about Raiola after your meathead tight end “threw someone out of the club” last week? That wasn’t dirty at all right? The difference is that most other teams fans aren’t whiners like you are.

  14. johnelwayishorsefaced says: Nov 26, 2014 5:15 PM

    Is there even a single Pats fan out there who sees the irony in how mad you all are about Raiola after your meathead tight end “threw someone out of the club” last week? That wasn’t dirty at all right? The difference is that most other teams fans aren’t whiners like you are.

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    Nobody’s really that mad at Raiola. I think people were upset that he wasn’t disciplined for a dirty play. I’m a Pats fan and most Pats fans would admit that what Gronk did in the Colts game was excessive….the difference is that Gronk was immediately penalized during the game and subsequently fined for the play. Also, most of the whiners I’ve seen on here have been Lions fans. Take the loss, move on, and go win your division.

  15. I cannot figure why any Lions fan would whine over this one????

    The guy leveled cheap shots…and got out of it pretty cheap.

    Detroit better be careful Thursday. The Patriot ‘hangover’ is real, just ask Denver, the jets, Colts…etc. Anyone who plays NE…suffers the next week or 2.

  16. VenerableAxiom says:

    Nov 26, 2014 3:13 PM

    How ironic that the pats lead the league in chop block penalties.

    18 114

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    Looking at so many thumbs down on anti-Patriots posts. Fans are out in force tonight. In a world of “what have you done for me lately,” did you realize the Bengals, Raiders, Lions, Bills, and Jets have as many Superbowl rings as the Patriots over the past 8 years.

  17. First of all, Mosely gave the Pats long snapper a concussion with his blatant cheap head shot. Second of all, Raiola committed an illegal chop block on the final snap. Watch the replay. Moore was engaged high by the guard when Raiola went for his knees. Dirtiest team in the league.

  18. Nobody’s really that mad at Raiola. I think people were upset that he wasn’t disciplined for a dirty play. I’m a Pats fan and most Pats fans would admit that what Gronk did in the Colts game was excessive….the difference is that Gronk was immediately penalized during the game and subsequently fined for the play. Also, most of the whiners I’ve seen on here have been Lions fans. Take the loss, move on, and go win your division.

    Fair enough although I disagree with you about people being mad at Raiola. I moved on from that loss way before the game even started. I knew there was a zero percent chance we were going to win.

  19. I kind of understand the NFL’s take on this. It wasn’t a technically illegal chop block. However…

    He came out and blatantly said he went for the knees with intent to damage……………………………………………………….

    If he hadn’t said anything, nothing would have happened. Since he did say he did it on purpose, I think that should be penalized with a suspension. One player should never purposely intend to do damage to another player.

    Not penalizing that in any way clears the way for others to do the same thing.

    Which, you know, is exactly the opposite of “player safety”, that thing that Goodell always talks about……..

  20. Hey, morons, you’re all whining that he got fined for a supposedly legal block, when this article clearly says he was fined for whacking a guy in the head.

    Geesh!!!!

  21. ivanpavlov0000, I love the Chinatown reference but the character portrayed by John Houston (the personification of evil) owns the Dallas Cowboys.

  22. hyzers says: Nov 26, 2014 3:12 PM

    Vince Wilfork did the exact same thing to the Lions long snapper that CJ Mosley got a penalty for and there was no flag.

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    Read the rule book. The hit, in and of itself, is not illegal. What makes it illegal is if the player is already locked in place by another defender, or if they get hit at a time when no player should expect to get hit. When the entire team lines up in a kneel formation and then actually takes a knee, no player should expect to get hit intentionally. When Wilfork made the hit, it was in the middle of a play and the OL was not in contact with another player.

  23. raiddawgz says:
    Nov 26, 2014 3:37 PM
    Why hasn’t the Cheifs saftey been fined for the helmet to helmet on RB Latavius Murray? He wasn’t even penelized in the game- No flag- On national tv!

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    Because that’s not a penalty. Know the rules. There are instances where helmet to helmet is allowed. Basically, since the hit on Murray occurred within the tackle box, it is allowed. Not EVERY helmet to helmet hit is a penalty which is why you don’t see flags on EVERY helmet to helmet hit.

  24. mistrezzrachael says:
    Nov 26, 2014 6:02 PM

    I cannot figure why any Lions fan would whine over this one????

    The guy leveled cheap shots…and got out of it pretty cheap.

    Detroit better be careful Thursday. The Patriot ‘hangover’ is real, just ask Denver, the jets, Colts…etc. Anyone who plays NE…suffers the next week or 2.
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    I’ll allow Denver and the Colts, but I’m pretty sure the Jets ‘hangover’ started before the season.

  25. i like when they run up the score.

    there’s nothing wrong with it…in fact if teams aren’t, and just taking a knee, they are missing an opportunity to play under a real game situation, and due to the brief NFL season of 16 games, every play is precious.

    …plus i just like it when the MIGHTY PATS dominate and put a thumpin’ on their opponent. sweet…

  26. mistrezzrachael says:

    Detroit better be careful Thursday. The Patriot ‘hangover’ is real, just ask Denver, the jets, Colts…etc. Anyone who plays NE…suffers the next week or 2.
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    So much for that nonsense.

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