New Orleans Saints Safety Malcolm Jenkins was notified that he would have to pay for his hit on New England Patriots Wide Receiver Kenbrell Thompkins.
The $15,750 fine was issued because he struck a defenseless player in the head & neck area. The play drew a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty in the 3rd Quarter of last Sunday’s game.
The replay showed that Jenkins led with his right shoulder, and slightly lowered his head on the play. Thompkins immediately reacted by sitting up and motioning for a flag to be thrown.
Jenkins wasn’t quite sure if he was going to be fined or not on Twitter, but not long after, he got the news.
“I spoke too soon lol $15,750″
It appears that Jenkins also took it rather well, and tweeted this not long after:
“If you had to guess, how much $ does the NFL make per week from player fines? I keep hearing it all goes to charity I need a receipt.”
In related news, Rafael Bush did not get fined for this hit on Danny Amendola.
“It was a bang-bang play,” Bush said. “He was running the ball, and he kind of ducked his head, and I kind of ducked my head.”
These helmet to helmet plays are becoming more common in today’s NFL. There’s a ton of emphasis on safety, and while I don’t disagree, there is a case to be made in regards to reviewing these types of calls, like they do for turnovers & scoring plays.
The NCAA reviews ‘targeting’, which merits automatic suspension when a player initiates contact against an opponent with the crown of the helmet, or to the head or neck area of a defenseless receiver.
It may be only a matter of time before we see something similar in the NFL.