Jon Bostic fined only $12,000 for hit that knocked out Andy Dalton

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The NFL’s system of fining players is the resulted of a negotiated process with the NFL Players Association. That doesn’t necessarily make it seem fair and reasonable, in application.

Case in point: Washington linebacker Jon Bostic was fined a mere $12,000 for the illegal hit on Cowboys quarterback Andy Dalton that knocked Dalton out of the game and left him with a concussion that will keep him from playing on Sunday night at Philadelphia.

Bostic was ejected for the illegal hit and not suspended.

Again, the punishments are largely automatic and the product of fairly mechanical application of the agreed-to fine schedule. It would seem, however, that the league and the union would agree to a more stringent punishment in situations like this, where a reckless technique inflicts a head injury.

56 responses to “Jon Bostic fined only $12,000 for hit that knocked out Andy Dalton

  1. I really think Bostic got a raw deal on this. Dalton was running for a 1st down when Bostic initiated what would have been a routine tackle aimed at the midsection, it only became “dirty” when Dalton slid late lowering his head into Bostic’s path.

  2. on another note, good for Bostic for having a place in the NFL still, 5 years removed from that onside kick flub

  3. Bostic makes 2.55M per year. $12k represents 0.47% of his salary. Normalized for someone making 100k, this is a $470 fine. Like a bad speeding ticket. Laughable. They’re really trying to protect player safety, aren’t they?

  4. Should be a 1 game suspension. Same for the guy that hit Bridgewater on Thursday. If the NFL wants to rid the game of dangerous cheap shot plays, start with a 1 game suspension and go up from there.

  5. Dalton is such a class act on and off the field. Was it necessary ? These guys are so jacked and lose their minds in the moment.

  6. That price is way too low, I would have liked to said that price is way to f&””& high, used car style…but no

  7. Cowboys players are never protected!!! If that was Rogers or Brady what would it have been. Just like when Carson Palmer got hurt by the Steelers. Tom Brady gets hit low and gets injured then they make a rule about it

  8. Any player would get fined more than that for a tasteless endzone celebration. It’s all about appearances with the NFL. That being said, Boston did lead with his shoulder, not his head.

  9. In other news, the Dallas offensive line were fined 50K each for not retaliating after the hit.

  10. The real head shaker is the non reaction of the rest of the Cowboys to an brutal and unnecessary hit on their QB. When Dalton went down, where was the OL who’s job is to protect him? Something’s wrong in Cowboyland.

  11. Bostic should have been suspended. Unnecessary and dirty hit. Coupled with his teammates’ pathetic non-response, it’s a terrible look for both the league and the team.

  12. I’d pay my players fine all day everyday … once you pass that line of scrimmage you are a running back period. Slide way sooner , like yards before the closest defender or take your medicine .

  13. “Only”?! dude it was a bang-bang play. the rest of the dallas team didn’t seem to think anything of it, and, obviously, the league agrees. get over it.

  14. Not justifying that hit, but have seen quarterbacks make a move like going to slide, then run several more yards instead. In last Thursday’s game bridgewater looked like he was running out of bounds, the defender checked up his approach, then bridgewater instead tiptoed the sidelines for a few more yards. Thats an issue. Btw, am a bridgewater fan.

  15. NFL just got this wrong….this sends the wrong message. Suspension and significant fine was in order. As a Cowboys fan, it was disturbing that no one stood up for Dalton.

  16. @sityourselfdown….Wrong Bostick on the onside kick flub…This Bostic got off easy if you ask me. The Cowboys need to change their name to Dallas Tin Men…they showed no heart after the Dalton hit

  17. I would have been fine with a suspension but whatever. Bostic doesn’t have a rep as a dirty player so it is what it is. Hopefully Dalton is back soon.

  18. chastain00 says:
    October 31, 2020 at 4:50 pm
    I’d pay my players fine all day everyday … once you pass that line of scrimmage you are a running back period. Slide way sooner , like yards before the closest defender or take your medicine

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    If Bostic made that play on a running back, he’d still be fined

  19. shoepik says:
    October 31, 2020 at 5:07 pm
    Not justifying that hit, but have seen quarterbacks make a move like going to slide, then run several more yards instead. In last Thursday’s game bridgewater looked like he was running out of bounds, the defender checked up his approach, then bridgewater instead tiptoed the sidelines for a few more yards. Thats an issue. Btw, am a bridgewater fan.
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    Mahommes does this maybe once a game….the clock is ticking until someone cleans his clock.

  20. All of ESPN and Lebron James would be making this a racial issue if the races were reversed and would be going off about this fine and saying the league is racist. We all know this is a fact.

  21. Doesn’t the team pay these fines anyway? It seems to me a read an article awhile back Mike Tomlinson if the Steelers about them paying league fines.

  22. Bostic makes 2.55M per year. $12k represents 0.47% of his salary. Normalized for someone making 100k, this is a $470 fine. Like a bad speeding ticket. Laughable. They’re really trying to protect player safety, aren’t they?
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    I make over 100k, but I certainly ain’t trying to just hand over 500 bones. Them speeding tickets hurt too!

  23. “Only??” That’s 12K too much, what is Bostic supposed to do??? He lowered himself to make a textbook tackle at the midsection and Dalton slid too late.

  24. Dalton apparently wasted his dues to NFLPA- the CBA they negotiated protects a bad actor. Shame on the league too for agreeing to it.

  25. ddlux36 – brilliant
    “It used to be when you paid off a politician, that son of a bee stayed paid off”

  26. There is an easy solution to this. If a hit is deemed illegal, even after review after the game, then that player should be suspended as long as the injured player is sidelined. Of course and in dependent doctor should be used to make sure no team or player is playing the system. That would make players think twice about illegal hits.

  27. This is complete and total crap and just shows how far the players union will go to protect dirty players. It should have been a lot more than than for an ejection with a head injury. Chicken feed for players is not going to discourage this kind of dirty play.

  28. People used to CRUSH Burfict for multiple fines, but he never had a single hit as dirty as this one. Crazy.

  29. Could someone clarify why hitting a defenseless sliding QB is $12k but Dan Sorenson hits a very short RB, who is lowering his head to try to get extra yards, and is fined $20k…………….

    Defenseless = 12k…………
    Defensive = 20k

  30. Bostic makes 2.55M per year. $12k represents 0.47% of his salary. Normalized for someone making 100k, this is a $470 fine. Like a bad speeding ticket. Laughable. They’re really trying to protect player safety, aren’t they?

    AND unlike a speeding ticket, this is a TAX WRITEOFF so we all chip in a little … on the other hand, it’s one fewer pair of Nike’s he can buy.

  31. Should have been a rest of the season suspension and a $100k fine. That was a blatant foul and there is no excuse for undertaking a hit like that since this rule has been in effect for at least three years.

  32. That’s how you protect your players huh? Dalton gets a potentially life-altering dirty hit from a guy who gets a slap on the wrist and no suspension while Dalton will miss at least one game. The Cowboys should make Bostic pay Dalton’s game checks while he’s out. That fine is laughable. They need to be suspensions. Once they start missing game checks the players will stop with these dirty hits. This only encourages them. Just put a dirty hit on the QB and knock him out of the game and take the rest of the day off while your team gets a win because the starting QB was taken out. There’s still a place for guys like Conrad Dobler in this league apparently.

  33. Dalton should have been fined for safety sliding into a player far too late.
    Dalton himself violated the player safety rule.

  34. I remember back in the mid 80s when Chicago football was all the rage. The Bears won the Super Bowl!

    Then the next season, when they played Green Bay, a defender violently sacked the quarterback, threw him on the ground and broke his shoulder. That was a dirty hit.

    I also remember that in the 70s, Dallas was afraid of playing Oakland. The Cowboys thought the Raiders had brass knuckles in their pants!

    There was also a time when players would wrap their arms with gauze dipped in cellophane. Once it hardens, it’s like concrete. Imagine being hit with something like that.

    You never know what goes on in a scrum. Thumbs to the ribs, players have emerged from the pile with bite marks on their calves. Football is a violent game.

    I don’t think this was a dirty hit. I think it was an unfortunate helmet-to-helmet collision because Dalton didn’t slide properly. The defender didn’t intend to knock him out of the game. He was just trying to make a play.

    That said, I hope Dalton recovers soon.

  35. I saw the play. Defender was running at full speed to try to stop Dalton from getting a first down and led with the shoulder and aimed at the shoulder pads. Dalton ducked down at the last possible instant and got drilled.

  36. But Grady Jackson of the Raiders gets ejected and fined more on a phantom call for stepping on another players shoulder. The real kicker is they couldn’t produce the tape of this supposed action.

  37. Dallas players should take a lesson from THE FLORIDA GATORS on how to react when someone cheap shots your QB.

  38. …..and the progression to FLSG football continues. Guys can’t hit anymore…especially QBs who run like they are RBs.

  39. while i won’t go as far as saying bostic isn’t at fault, the 15 yd penalty and the fine are about right given that dalton who is now a runner attempting to reach the line to gain on third down waited a second too late to slide.

  40. so this guy makes an illegal hit and it only gets a fine of 12,000 yet gave Jackson on the Raiders, when he kneeled on Suh’s back, ejected and fined 12500

  41. Some context about this hit is needed. Bostic should definitely have gotten a 15-yd penalty and maybe the ejection, but the calling for more than the normal fine is ridiculous. Context: earlier in this very same game on a very similar play Dalton ran and then went head first to get the first down. Bostic was flying toward him with every reasonable expectation that Dalton would do the same on this 4th quarter run. Then, Dalton goes into a slide and takes the hit. Others have mentioned the fakeouts that other QBs use to get more yards knowing that defenders have to let up and watch the QB get more yards or risk the penalty.

    If the NFL wants to get serious about QB safety on runs, then the rule should be that the ball will be marked 2 yards back from the initial slide or move that a QB makes to give himself up. If that were the rule, defenders would know that they are going to get a penalty and they would know that the QB won’t be rewarded for a fakeout move. And, QBs would know that the ball would be marked back and only give themselves up when they want to avoid contact. Pretending that QBs aren’t going to game the system is ridiculous. So, defenders are left in a position where whatever they do is wrong.

  42. Hope he appeals this ludicrous fine, crazy enough that he was ejected. How was it his fault that Dalton started to slide after the tackle was initiated??

  43. “Some context about this hit is needed. Bostic should definitely have gotten a 15-yd penalty and maybe the ejection, but the calling for more than the normal fine is ridiculous.”

    Everything you write after is spot on and shows why this bit is wrong!!

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