Shawn Williams fined for hit on Andrew Luck that got him ejected

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Bengals defensive back Shawn Williams thought he was playing within the rules when he hit Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on Sunday, but the NFL disagreed.

Williams was ejected for the hit to Luck’s head, and he’s also been fined $10,026. But he insisted he just wanted to make a tackle on Luck, who was running on the play.

“If you guys have any suggestions on what I can do to not get a flag and still do my job, then let me know,” Williams said. “I don’t know if they want you to know what Andrew Luck is going to do. I don’t know what he’s going to do. If it was up to me he should slide and give himself up earlier, but he didn’t.”

Williams is far from the first defensive player to complain about such a penalty, but the NFL has made it clear that the league is going to err on the side of protecting quarterbacks. And punishing the players who hit quarterbacks.

14 responses to “Shawn Williams fined for hit on Andrew Luck that got him ejected

  1. Williams is far from the first defensive player to complain about such a penalty, but the NFL has made it clear that the league is going to err on the side of protecting CERTAIN quarterbacks.

    Here, fixed it for you, that very game Andy Dalton was punched in the face twice, hit below the knees at least twice and pushed to the ground from behhind well after he threw the pass once (right in front of a ref)

  2. “Nofoolnodrool says:
    September 14, 2018 at 4:56 pm
    Lame excuses and denials. It was a cheap shot all the way. He deserved the ejection and the fine. Hopefully he learns to stop the nonsense before he hurts someone.”

    Marvin Lewis is his coach. This is the same guy who thinks Burfict is a clean player. The Williams hit was probably lauded as a “good football play” during film study this week.

  3. QB isn’t a QB anymore once he takes off running with the ball. why protect them any different at that point. If it was a cheap shot that’s one thing ( didn’t see it) but to act like they deserve special treatment at that point is wrong so no you don’t protect at all cost if they choose to run the ball. They can sit down and hold it in their lap if they don’t want to be hit like a running back.

  4. Nofoolnodrool says:
    September 14, 2018 at 4:56 pm
    Lame excuses and denials. It was a cheap shot all the way. He deserved the ejection and the fine. Hopefully he learns to stop the nonsense before he hurts someone.

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    At least his coach didn’t trip an opposing player

  5. It would’ve been a penalty and fine without the new rules, the ejection was the only thing added. Seems to me like hundreds of other defenders managed to make it through their respective games last week without being kicked out.

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