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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