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The NFL on Monday fined the Falcons cornerback $40,000 for the hit in which he led with his helmet and crashed into Maclin in the third quarter of Atlanta’s 35-31 win over Philadelphia on Sunday night. Robinson was penalized 15 yards for unnecessary roughness.
The league did not suspend Robinson although it has said hits like the one he put on Maclin could lead to such action. Robinson is a repeat offender, having being fined $25,000 last year for a similar hit on the Eagles’ DeSean Jackson that left both players with concussions.
Commissioner Roger Goodell was advised of the decision, and said “we felt this was the appropriate discipline.”
Asked if this was an example of the hits the NFL is trying to get out of the game, Goodell said, “There’s no such thing as a perfect example. There are individual elements of each hit. We’re trying to identify the techniques that will make our game safer.”
The league said Robinson violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 9 (a) (2) of the playing rules, which states: “It is a foul if a player initiates unnecessary contact against a player who is in a defenseless posture.”
The rule notes that players in a defenseless posture include “a receiver attempting to catch a pass; or who has completed a catch and has not had time to protect himself or has not clearly become a runner.”
On the play with 6:12 left in the third quarter, the league said Robinson lowered his head and made forcible contact to the head and neck area of Maclin, who still made the catch. He was slow to leave the field but returned to the game.
Robinson can appeal to former NFL coaches Art Shell and Ted Cottrell, who are paid by the league and the NFL Players Association to handle those cases. Their appeal must be heard by the second Tuesday following notification of the discipline.
Replays clearly showed Robinson leading with his helmet, something the league has been adamant about eliminating. The NFL this year also banned players from launching themselves into a defenseless opponent.
Falcons coach Mike Smith said after the game he thought it was a legal hit and “that’s the way we teach it.”
“My opinion didn’t change,” he said Monday before the NFL made its ruling.
Last October, the NFL sent head coaches memos listing those players on their teams who were called for two or more unnecessary roughness penalties since 2008. Ray Anderson, NFL executive vice president of football operations, told The Associated Press this summer the league uses the last two seasons as criteria to determine repeat offenders.
“Player safety is a priority and we will not relent on it,” Anderson said in August. “Let me make it very clear, particularly in regard to repeat offenders, that egregious acts will be subject to suspension. We will not feel the need to hesitate in this regard.”
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