Friday, November 5, 2010
Two Pats fined for Brett Favre hits
ESPN.com news services
The NFL's crackdown on illegal hits continued this week with several prominent players receiving fines for hits to the head or neck area of defenseless players.
Two New England Patriots took financial hits for their hits on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.
Defensive lineman Myron Pryor has been fined $7,500 for a fourth-quarter hit that opened a cut on Favre's chin.
Pryor was not penalized on the play, which resulted in Favre getting 10 stitches and leaving the game.
Patriots linebacker Gary Guyton was also fined $7,500 for his first-quarter hit on Favre in last Sunday's 28-18 win.
Guyton was penalized for roughing-the-passer on the play, a second-and-11 situation in which Favre had been flushed out of the pocket and threw an incomplete pass. The penalty gave the Vikings a first down at the New England 6-yard line, and they scored two plays later to take a 7-0 lead.
Pryor told the Boston Herald earlier this week that his helmet "slid up into Favre's chin" after he first hit the quarterback in the chest.
He added: "You don't mean to hurt somebody. And when it happened, I didn't think I hit him hard enough to make him [injured]. But maybe just from the impact going to the ground and from me laying on top of him, that's what made the chin messed up."
ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter first reported the Pryor fine.
Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison was fined $20,000 for a late hit on Saints quarterback Drew Brees, the third time he has been fined this season for a dangerous tackle.
Tennessee defensive end Jason Babin was fined $20,000 for roughing San Diego QB Philip Rivers when he unnecessarily struck Rivers in the knee area. Babin previously this season had been fined by the league.
Two San Francisco 49ers linebackers were fined for hits on Denver quarterback Kyle Orton in the 49ers' win last Sunday at London.
Manny Lawson was docked $12,500 for roughing the passer, using his helmet to hit Orton in the chest. Lawson is a second offender, having been fined for unnecessary roughness last December.
Ahmad Brooks loses $10,000 for striking Orton in the head and neck area. It also was his second offense, the other coming last November.
Seahawks defensive end Chris Clemons was fined $7,500 for a late hit on Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell. He is a three-time offender, with previous incidents in September and January last season when he was with the Eagles.
Two Raiders also were fined, including guard Robert Gallery for a late hit on Clemons that cost him $7,500. Rookie linebacker Rolando McClain was hit for a $7,500 fine for grabbing Seahawks running back Justin Forsett by the helmet in an attempt to tackle him.
Information from ESPNBoston.com's Mike Reiss and The Associated Press was used in this report.