Fallout of George Iloka's concussion-inducing hit on Jermichael Finley

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Sep 22, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Green Bay Packers tight end Jermichael Finley (88) is injured on the field against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

 

The Green Bay Packers are currently on their bye-week, and it couldn’t have come at a better time, as several of their key players would likely be unable to play this week if there was a game.

On the Packers’ first offensive possession during Sunday’s loss to the Bengals, tight end Jermichael Finley was injured after taking a big hit by safety George Iloka, although it wasn’t the hit as much as the whiplash-effect that likely caused what was later reveled to be a concussion.

Don’t tell the NFL that, as Mike Florio with Pro Football Talk reports Iloka could be fined for the hit:

A league source explained on Sunday that the NFL believes Finley clearly was in a defenseless posture when struck, which means he shouldn’t have been hit in the head or neck area. The only question was whether Finley was indeed struck in the head by Iloka. Video from the play indicates that Iloka indeed struck Finley in the head.

And from today:

Per a league source, Iloka was fined $15,000 for the hit applied to the head of Packers tight end Jermichael Finley when Finley was in a defenseless posture.  Finley suffered a concussion on the play; no flag was thrown.

 

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