The NFL is so soft now… #smh
Safeties Madieu Williams of Washington, Taylor Mays of Cincinnati and Rahim Moore of
Denver have been fined $21,000 each by the NFL for unnecessary roughness in Week 1.
Williams made helmet-to-helmet contact with Jimmy Graham when the Saints’ tight end
was defenseless with about three minutes remaining in Sunday’s game at New Orleans.
Mays did the same to Baltimore tight end Ed Dickson in a Monday night game. Rahim
unnecessarily struck defenseless Steelers receiver Emmanuel Sanders in the head and
neck area Sunday night. Houston defensive end Antonio Smith says he’s been fined
$21,000 for kicking Miami guard Richie Incognito. Smith missed two practices this
week with a sore right ankle. He says he was only retaliating when Incognito tried to
twist his ankle after the whistle. The Texans (1-0) play at Jacksonville (0-1) on Sunday.
Smith practiced on Friday, and coach Gary Kubiak expects him to play against the
Jaguars. Smith said he’s “disappointed” in the fine and plans to appeal. Smith was
fined $7,500 last season for pulling off Baltimore guard Andre Gurode’s helmet in a
game against the Ravens. “If you’re going strictly by the rule book, me kicking him
was breaking the rules,” Smith said Friday. “But I want them (the NFL) to look at
why I was kicking him, trying to get him off of my ankle. You see on the film, the
moment my ankle came free, I stopped. I was just trying to get my ankle free from
him mauling it.” Incognito said he was innocent of wrongdoing and argued videotape
supported his contention. The NFL agreed: He wasn’t fined. “The eye in the sky
doesn’t lie,” Incognito said Thursday. Drawing $15,750 fines were Minnesota defen-
sive end Everson Griffen for helmet-to-helmet contact with Jacksonville quarterback
Blaine Gabbert, and Dallas tackle Tyron Smith for a horse collar tackle (Smith’s fine
was reported Thursday). Vikings defensive tackle Letroy Guion was fined $7,875 for
roughing Gabbert. Kansas City running back Shaun Draughn was fined $7,875 for
unnecessary roughness against Atlanta, while Miami center Mike Pouncey drew the
same amount for the same act against Houston.