Friday, December 23, 2011
Open mike: No fine for Harvey Dahl's rant
By Mike Sando
Personal-foul penalties from NFC West games in Week 15 produced one fine: $15,000 against Cincinnati's Chris Crocker for a helmet-to-helmet hit on St. Louis Rams quarterback Kellen Clemens.
The most memorable play from that game involved referee Jerome Boger's microphone relaying Rams guard Harvey Dahl's profane protest over loudspeakers in the Edward Jones Dome. Boger called Dahl for holding, then added a penalty for unsportsmanlike conduct after the microphone mixup.
Other personal fouls against the Rams -- two against Chris Chamberlain, one against James Butler and one against Eugene Sims -- did not draw fines. Failing to levy fines for personal fouls can indicate the league did not see violations.
Boger and crew called five personal fouls against the Rams and one against the Bengals. Boger was back at work Thursday night and was particularly active in flagging the Houston Texans during the final minutes of their defeat to Indianapolis.