Jessie Bates fined $20,000 for hit on Adam Humphries

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Bengals safety Jessie Bates somehow avoided a penalty (and/or an ejection) for a hit on a defenseless receiver that knocked out Tennessee’s Adam Humphries on Sunday. Bates did not escape a fine for the illegal hit.

The NFL has fined Bates $20,000, Tom Pelissero of NFL Media reports.

Humphries has a concussion and won’t play this week.

He played 12 plays in the loss to the Bengals before leaving with his injury.

Titans coach Mike Vrabel said he didn’t believe Bates was targeting Humphries and he didn’t need an explanation from officials.

Officials just “missed it,” Vrabel said.

5 responses to “Jessie Bates fined $20,000 for hit on Adam Humphries

  1. Watch that “hit”. The defender was running to the ball and made contact with the receiver with his body, not his helmet or shoulder. That wasn’t a cheap hit or deliberate attempt to hurt the receiver. The defender was going for the ball and got there after the receiver had caught it.
    I don’t think that should be a penalty at all.

  2. My respect for Vrabel has been elevated by his statement. His honesty is greatly appreciated. He essentially said he disagrees with the fine without calling out the refs. Well stated.

  3. He knocked the guy unconscious. The league has to fine him for the optics. No one believes it was dirty or a penalty and it wasn’t.

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