League Said Collie Was “Defenseless”, No Fine Issued


Kurt Coleman was brutally honest (or perhaps wanted to avoid further disciplinary action) when asked about his hit on Austin Collie:

“The way that it was explained to me is [the receiver] has to possess the ball while running, and I think they consider running two steps,” said Coleman. “It looked like he may have had a few steps, but they have as hard of a time out there as any officiating the game. They made the rule — good play, good call.”


The NFL told Tim McManus the following:

“It was helmet-to-helmet contact against a defenseless receiver. The play was properly officiated. Officials have been instructed to err on the side of player safety, and when in doubt, will penalize in situations such as this for unnecessary roughness.”


The new NFL, ladies and gentlemen.

UPDATE: Peter King (@SI_PeterKing) reports that the league will not fine Coleman for the hit.

The league is fining GB S Nick Collins $50,000 for illegal hit vs Dallas. There's no fine for Phil DB Kurt Coleman for hit on Austin Collie.

Read the full story at Philly Sports Daily.

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  • Silent Majority November 8, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    How was he defenseless? He took 2 steps and ducked to brace himself for impact, kinda like self defense. So he wasnt defenseless

  • Chris G November 8, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Let’s be real: They made a bad call. It happens. It’s over. The league justified the notion that it was a bad call by not fining Coleman.

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