Saints Kenny Vaccaro Fined by NFL for Hit on Matt Ryan

Sep 8, 2013; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints strong safety Kenny Vaccaro before a game against the Atlanta Falcons at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

New Orleans Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro laid a big hit on Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in their Week 1 showdown that resulted in a personal foul penalty.

Ryan was in the middle of giving himself up sliding to the ground when Vaccaro the boom. As a result,  Vaccaro was hit with a fine amounting to $8,000 as he told NOLA.com:

Vaccaro told NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune he received a fine of about $8,000 for his late hit on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan in the first quarter of Sunday’s 23-17 win in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. ProFootballTalk.com reported the NFL docked Vaccaro $7,875 for the hit.

Multiple officials threw penalty flags for unnecessary roughness when Vaccaro hit Ryan as the Falcons’ passer slid to the turf after a 12-yard scramble.

Not a lot of cash for an NFL player, but it is a sizable amount for a rookie. The hit deserved the flag, but it is interesting the NFL elected to fine him for a first offense. Vaccaro is the player this offseason who created a tad of controversy for his aggressiveness in training camp, so him showing it on the field is not all that surprising.

What do you think of the fine?

 

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Topics: Kenny Vaccaro, New Orleans Saints, NFC, NFC South

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