According to Bengals.com, Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap was fined for a horse-collar tackle of Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco last Sunday, but linebacker Vontaze Burfict manged to avoid a fine for his “questionable” act:
Bengals left end Carlos Dunlap was fined $15,750 for a horse-collar tackle of Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco.
But maybe more interesting is that WILL linebacker Vontaze Burfict didn’t get a fine for the unnecessary roughness flag he received for hitting Flacco running up the sideline. Burfict argued that Flacco was still running inbounds and not yet out of bounds and the tape backed him up. With no fine, the NFL may have agreed, too.
Former NFL Head of Officials Mike Pereira also thought it was a terrible call:
Not a good horse-collar in BAL – he actually pulled him down by the front of his jersey
— Mike Pereira (@MikePereira) November 10, 2013
Hopefully, that little fist-bump was Flacco agreeing to pay the fine for Dunlap. That’s how bad that call was, and the fact that the NFL fined Dunlap on top of that is disgraceful. Maybe they should worry more about players head-butting each other.