Eagles Briefs: Rodgers-Cromartie fined 21K for hit on Leftwich

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When Dominique Rodger-Cromartie leapt at Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich during the Eagles preseason opener on August 9 , you knew you’d be hearing more about the hit. DRC was flagged for a 15-yard roughing-the-passer penalty during the game and we waited for the league to weigh in.

On Friday, Rodgers-Cromartie discovered the total bill: $21,000, the minimum fine for his offense.

The Eagles corner has said that he  thought it was a clean hit. When Rodgers-Cromartie learned that the NFL thought otherwise he joked, “Twenty-one thousand? I ain’t even got that. I won’t hit ‘em no more, I’ll tell you that much.”

Lesson learned. Hopefully.

But some in the national media saw nothing to laugh about with DRC’s action.  SI’s Peter King thought a  fine in the six figures was warranted and named Rodgers-Cromartie his Goat of the Week

for his irresponsible launching and shoulder/upper arm cheap shot of a defenseless Byron Leftwich, the Pittsburgh quarterback, in the preseason game at Philadelphia. Rodgers-Cromartie is in line for a significant fine — maybe six figures. I think it’s worthy of a suspension. That’s one of the most egregious hits I’ve seen in the league in the last couple of years — worse than James Harrison on Colt McCoy, because you could argue that Harrison thought McCoy was a runner when he lined him up to hit him. Rodgers-Cromartie launched himself in violation of a well-publicized rule, and then hit Leftwich in the head in violation of a well-publicized rule. Luckily, Leftwich walked away, seemingly fine. The next victim may not be so lucky.

Birds 24/7 notes that ESPN’s Chris Mortensen said the minimum fine for the offense wasn’t sitting well around the NFL.
Nnamdi makes it through practice
After suffering a nasty collision with Nate Allen at camp on Monday, Nnamdi Asomugha thankfully was cleared of concussion symptoms. But he did sustain whiplash-like symptoms and a lip laceration from the crash. The Eagles thought that Asomugha was ready for practice on Thursday, but that lasted for only 15 minutes after he began experiencing neck soreness. On Friday, he made it through a full practice with his primary difficultly being the ability to speak.
“It feels good. I just can’t really talk. It feels good to be back, get the wind back.”
Despite being back at practice, we have to wait and see if Asomugha is healthy enough to face the Patriots on Monday.

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1 Response to “Eagles Briefs: Rodgers-Cromartie fined 21K for hit on Leftwich”


  • One of the mysteries of the process the NFL goes through in penalizing these types of hits after the fact is the very fact players are left in the game. In this instance, not only should there have been a yardage penalty but DRC should have been ejected. It is ironic a player can get tossed just by what an official thinks he sees during a fight on the field but we can’t seem to throw out players who are seen launching themselves at defenseless players. I’m one who thinks the league has gone “soft” overall but if you make it a huge point of emphasis these types of plays will not be tolerated…why is the player not removed from the game? The fine amount and subsequent suspensions always seem to get clouded by “first time offender” and “not judged to be as serious,” etc. There is usually little consistency to those. What is consistent is after leveling one of these blows a guy still gets to do it again…even if who he hits can’t get up. Hey NFL, what’s wrong with this picture?

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