NFL fines Mike Mitchell for hit that concussed Tyler Eifert

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Bengals tight end Tyler Eifert will miss this week’s game with a concussion. The hit that caused that concussion has drawn discipline from the league office.

The NFL has fined Steelers safety Mike Mitchell $23,152 for hitting Eifert in the head while Eifert was in a defenseless posture.

That’s a hefty fine, but it’s little solace to Eifert or the Bengals. Eifert missed most of that game and is now set to miss at least another game.

So while that hit was costly for Mitchell, it was costlier for Eifert and the Bengals.

55 responses to “NFL fines Mike Mitchell for hit that concussed Tyler Eifert

  1. Meanwhile, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $69,454 for three separate fouls including roughing the passer, facemask and unnecessary roughness. Funny how that is completely ignored here.

  2. It’s OK with their players and fans that they have played like that for decades but then cry when someone gives that treatment back to them.
    Only way to deal with a bully is to be a bully and I think the Bengals are finally getting that.

  3. Mike Mitchell caused the concussion but eifert stayed in for the rest of that drive, even catching another pass for a big gain, would that not be in violation of the safety protocol?

  4. I think this is the guy who told A.J. Green “You’re next” after he hit Marvin Jones and caused him to leave the game for a while.

    Guess he couldn’t do it to Green, but he could to Eifert.

  5. I wonder why the NFL isn’t investigating why Eifert played the rest of that series if he was in fact, concussed and whether or not he suffered or exacerbated the injury after that play.

  6. This is such an easy fix. If someone injures another player on an illegal hit, they should be out for the same amount of time the injured player is out.

    If the injured player misses the rest of the game, the person committing the illegal hit should be out for the rest of the game. If the injured player has a season-ending injury on an illegal hit, then the offender’s season should be over, too. If an illegal hit ends a career, the offender just ended his own career. No exceptions, no appeals.

    Guess what? No more illegal hits!

  7. Mitchell deserved a fine and was penalized on the play per the rules. However, the picture seems to show a guy leading with his shoulder with the helmet to helmet contact occurring at the same time.

    Again, this is a penalty because helmet contact occurred, but hardly seems like an overly reckless hit when you see the picture.

  8. Mitchell was in motion to tackle Eifert as he fell, his hit wasn’t an intentional effort to hurt Eifert. Burfick was intentially targetting Steelers for fights or to hurt. These are 2 completely different circumstances.

  9. unoduotres says:
    Dec 18, 2015 4:33 PM

    Until the NFL also suspends the the offender, these type of hits will continue.
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    Absolutely. Fines are not enough for plays like this.

    Mitchell is a repeat offender who tries to compensate for below average skills by taking cheap shots. And it pays off – one of the Bengals best players was knocked out, and the Steelers won.

  10. Was Eifert fined for dropping his head to 3-4 feet off the ground and putting himself in a vulnerable position? Seriously folks, the NFL is ridiculous with these fines.

  11. How does the NFL come up with these fine dollar amounts? Is it a percentage of the player’s game check? Always some random looking number, never rounded to nearest $50, $100 or even a $1000.

  12. Give me a break dumbaseinstien.

    Mitchell very much has been trying to remove Bengals players in each game this year.

  13. Meanwhile, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $69,454 for three separate fouls including roughing the passer, facemask and unnecessary roughness. Funny how that is completely ignored here.
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    you really need to pay attention – the article on Burict came out 2 days ago and was a top 10 story for almost an entire day.

  14. Mitchell is a repeat offender who tries to compensate for below average skills by taking cheap shots. And it pays off – one of the Bengals best players was knocked out, and the Steelers won.

    Thanks Captain obvious for your accurate and balanced comment. Mitchell plays to edge and beyond….the fine was deserved.

  15. I’m a Bengals fan, but I think both teams should be ashamed of their performance as professionals. This is a game, not a street fight. They need to find another place to work out their rage and machismo issues.

  16. I wish the NFL would do something Tomlin has failed to do and that is just get him off the team. I can’t stand to watch this guy play; so much that I long for the days of Ryan Clark.

  17. Except for the article talking about Burfict’s fines. Typical Steeler moron.
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    Meanwhile, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $69,454 for three separate fouls including roughing the passer, facemask and unnecessary roughness. Funny how that is completely ignored here.

  18. Good.

    Now where is the fine for Matt Spaeth targeting Burfict’s knee on a block in the freaking end zone?

  19. notwhoyouthinkitis says:Dec 18, 2015 4:28 PM

    Meanwhile, Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict was fined $69,454 for three separate fouls including roughing the passer, facemask and unnecessary roughness. Funny how that is completely ignored here.
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    It’s ignored here, because it got its own story in another headline. Nice try though.

  20. If the NFL wants to get serious, start fining players game checks and they have to sit out until the player they injured returns. These fines are laughable compared to what the injured player does to the team that loses him.
    The NFL is not hitting the players wallets hard enough.

  21. I’m trying to put my finger on when exactly it was that the PFT comment section has turned into an utter whinefest. Good grief. You people act as if your finances or health depends on whether or not a rich athlete gets fined.

  22. When the Steelers are outmatched, they level the playing field by cheap shots and trying to injure good players. See Carson Palmer in 2005, Tyler Eifert, Vontaze Burfict in 2015

  23. theashleyguy
    Dec 18, 2015, 4:36 PM EST
    This is such an easy fix. If someone injures another player on an illegal hit, they should be out for the same amount of time the injured player is out.

    If the injured player misses the rest of the game, the person committing the illegal hit should be out for the rest of the game. If the injured player has a season-ending injury on an illegal hit, then the offender’s season should be over, too. If an illegal hit ends a career, the offender just ended his own career. No exceptions, no appeals.

    Guess what? No more illegal hits!
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    Congrats. You win the award for stupid comment of tbe day!!!

  24. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Dec 18, 2015 5:03 PM

    Mitchell plays to edge and beyond….the fine was deserved.
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    The fine was a joke.

    It should have been $100,000, and he should be sitting down this week.

  25. theashleyguy says:
    Dec 18, 2015 4:36 PM

    This is such an easy fix. If someone injures another player on an illegal hit, they should be out for the same amount of time the injured player is out.

    If the injured player misses the rest of the game, the person committing the illegal hit should be out for the rest of the game. If the injured player has a season-ending injury on an illegal hit, then the offender’s season should be over, too. If an illegal hit ends a career, the offender just ended his own career. No exceptions, no appeals.

    Guess what? No more illegal hits!
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    Of course Steeler fans won’t agree with this. Their heroes Hines Ward, James Harrison, Troy Polomalu and Mike Mitchell would have all been out of the league after 3 or 4 games.

    Has a team ever gotten away with more cheap shots than the Steelers?

    Not that it matters, they haven’t even won a playoff game in 5 years.

  26. The opinions on this board are laughable. Have any of you ever played football? Like, ever? And not flag football, I mean real football. Two people, running, and one is expected to not only plan to place their helmet in a certain spot, but also anticipate if the other player changes position, all in a split second. All these rules are utter ridiculous nonsense. Do people get hurt playing football? Yes. Is it an inherently violent game? Yes. The players understand the risk. The game of football as played in the nfl is faster than any of you could possibly imagine. But by all means, keep voicing your uninformed useless opinions.

  27. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Dec 18, 2015 5:03 PM

    Mitchell plays to edge and beyond….the fine was deserved.
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    The fine was a joke.

    It should have been $100,000, and he should be sitting down this week.

    Carlos, take off your tinfoil hat. All Brady could have been fined for cheating was $25,000. Also Eifert played several plays after the hit so don’t blame Mitchell blame the Bungals for letting him play. Your fake outrage is typical for a phony Pat’s fan.

  28. Stiller43 says:
    Dec 18, 2015 5:25 PM
    theashleyguy
    Dec 18, 2015, 4:36 PM EST
    This is such an easy fix. If someone injures another player on an illegal hit, they should be out for the same amount of time the injured player is out.

    ____________

    Congrats. You win the award for stupid comment of tbe day!!!

    _____________________________________________
    I am stunned by the depth of your analysis. And, of course, your comment shows precisely how much your intellect has to contribute to the discussion. You offered so many helpful suggestions. All I can say is thank you. Why didn’t we think of the answers you came up with?

  29. Stuff happens! It’s football for crying out loud not ballet.
    That being said, the shot Mitchell put on Eifert isn’t that
    big of a deal in the grand scheme of things.

    On the other hand, Williams threatening to basically
    “put a cap in Burfict’s arse on South Beach” during the
    off season is entirely different. lol :/

    No discipline there. haha (Hit a guy in the head
    between the lines, it’ll cost you $23K and some change.
    Threaten to shoot a guy during the off season?
    No big deal right? Goodell is a joke! 🙂

  30. carloswlassiter says: Has a team ever gotten away with more cheap shots than the Steelers?
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    Has any other team than the Steelers broken a punter’s jaw? Machishmo Overcompensation (aka Smashmouth Steelers Football) does not make up for miniscule appendages.

  31. Bengals and Steelers are both great teams but need to grow up and act like adults. I love the fact that both teams hate each other as it makes for great football, but the jawing/pushing/shoving after every single play was a bit much and came off as petty.

    If these guys play each other in the playoffs, I’d guarantee the winner loses their very next game. Too many players get hurt when these two teams play.

  32. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Dec 18, 2015 5:45 PM

    Your fake outrage is typical for a phony Pat’s fan.
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    Phony? Season ticket holder since 1998 (my first year living in the Boston area), lifelong fan.

    How many years have you had Steeler tickets?

  33. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Dec 18, 2015 5:45 PM

    Your fake outrage is typical for a phony Pat’s fan.
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    Phony? Season ticket holder since 1998 (my first year living in the Boston area), lifelong fan.

    How many years have you had Steeler tickets?

    Let me see, ……try on 34 years tin foil man! Carlos phony as a fraud meaning you have weak ethics and values. Carlos you are a member of the legion of fans that believe it’s ok if my team does it but don’t do it to them. The Steelers are known for being physical and have crossed the line having to pay the fine. Hines awards hits were legal until they weren’t. I think you like to troll, but the Steelers are something you wish your team could be.

  34. easyeintennessee says:
    Dec 18, 2015 5:20 PM
    When the Steelers are outmatched, they level the playing field by cheap shots and trying to injure good players. See Carson Palmer in 2005, Tyler Eifert, Vontaze Burfict in 2015

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    Still crying over Palmer??? Oh yeah, guess that was the last playoff game you had a shot at winning. To the guy last time you had the classy comment “sorry we broke your running back”, we’re even. Money well spent.

  35. theashleyguy, that idea is just plain dumb. I do believe suspensions should come for repeat offenders.

  36. easyeintennessee says:
    Dec 18, 2015 5:20 PM
    When the Steelers are outmatched, they level the playing field by cheap shots and trying to injure good players. See Carson Palmer in 2005, Tyler Eifert, Vontaze Burfict in 2015

    But only against the Bengals right? Gimme a break.

  37. These fines do not change the fact that the Bengals were beat soundly. And the score was 10-0 when McCarron took the field. And the Steelers have big injuries on their offense as well. And the Steelers swept the Bengals last year.

  38. ken14andersonforhof says:
    Dec 18, 2015 6:32 PM
    steelers cheap shot artists and cheaters since the beginning of football!!

    Cincinnati Bengals..0 championships since the beginning of football.

  39. Nofoolnodrool says:
    Dec 18, 2015 6:44 PM

    Your fake outrage is typical for a phony Pat’s fan.
    ————————————————————-Phony? Season ticket holder since 1998 (my first year living in the Boston area), lifelong fan.

    How many years have you had Steeler tickets?

    Let me see, ……try on 34 years tin foil man!
    ===================================
    I’ll tell you what. I’ve got 4 seats. Why don’t you join me as my guest at the first playoff game if the Steelers make it that far?

    I can’t promise you a competitive game, but I do have pretty good seats and you’d at least have a good view.

  40. Eifert caught the ball and was stumbling/driving
    forward in an almost horizontal position about
    a foot off the ground when contact was first made.

    I’d like to hear Mr Blandino explain for us fans
    (and players too) where the strike zone should be
    on a player in that position. That is, diving forward
    in that horizontal posture, and only inches off
    the ground.

    A defensive player, who is running at full speed
    has only a split second to find a strike point
    and to commit to it, before applying the hit.

    So, I’d like to better understand what ‘reasonable’
    expectations are being placed on players trying
    to make a legal tackle, leading with the shoulder
    but also, their target unexpectedly alters position.

    Eifert goes flat, lowers his head over 2 feet
    altering the target point just prior to contact.
    Meanwhile, Mitchell is racing in and bracing for impact.

    So, when and where would Mr Blandino ( who I’ll assume
    has made more than a few tackles in his life )
    have realistically chosen as his aiming point, to avoid
    the head and neck areas being contacted, given the angles
    and speed surrounding this tackle?

  41. Mike Mitchell is arguably the dirtiest player in the game and how anyone thinks he was leading with his shoulder is crazy because he clearly led with his helmet to try and seriously injure Tyler Eifert. He is a pos and always has been. He is an average safety and he has to equal the playing field when he is playing superior opponents by trying to intentionally hurt the opposing players. How he was not suspended for this blatant example of head hunting is beyond me but it is only because he is a member of the Steelers who are the golden children of Goodell because of the Rooney family. He even had the nerve to celebrate after hitting Eifert in the head. However this pos was bit by karma when he was hurt several plays later. He also tried to injure Marvin Jones in the first game they played but he is so soft Jones got up and brushed it off. Mitchell is trash because he is taught by the biggest piece of trash in coaching in Mike Tomlin who preaches to his players to try and injure the opposing players. The Steelers are by far the dirtiest team in the league and something needs to be done before they seriously hurt someone again. Luckily the league wont have to worry about this problem in the playoffs because the Steelers will be sitting at home where they deserve.

  42. Another play being ignored, because Reggie Nelson saw it coming, was Antonio Brown trying to take out Nelson (NFL INT leader) on an illegal crack-back block. Brown was flagged for 15yards, but the intent was the same as the Mitchell hit to Eifert’s head: take the player out, and if you get penalized, so be it, it’s a tradeoff the Steelers are willing to take.

    It’s about GD time the Bengals start fighting back IMO.

  43. Moudabo says:
    Dec 18, 2015 8:53 PM

    So, when and where would Mr Blandino ( who I’ll assume has made more than a few tackles in his life )
    have realistically chosen as his aiming point, to avoid
    the head and neck areas being contacted, given the angles and speed surrounding this tackle?
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    Can’t Burfict make the same argument on the Reothlisberger tackle? Hey, he was stumbling along the ground and the only place he could make contact was low.

    The reality is that both are penalties and you can’t do it. You may long for football as it was played in the 1970’s, but based on lawsuits and the league’s desire to try to keep its big name players off the IR, that game does not exist anymore.

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