Dre Kirkpatrick fined for facemask penalty vs. Steelers


Dec 15, 2013; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick (27) warms up prior to the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

It was announced earlier this week that Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin would fined $25,000 for his season-ending hit of Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber. For committing an accidental facemask penalty, Bengals cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick has been fined $7,875:

The NFL’s policy on fining players needs to changed as soon as possible.

Here is the NFL Policy on Player Safety Rules and/or Flagrant Personal Foul (including, without limitation)
Note: Suspension or fine; severity to be determined by degree of violation
Striking/Kicking/Kneeing: $7,500 / $15,000
Horse Collar Tackle: $15,000 / $30,000
Face Mask: $7,500 / $15,000
Leg Whip: $15,000 / $30,000
Late Hit: $7,500 / $15,000
Spearing: $20,000 / $40,000
Impermissible Use of the Helmet (including illegal launching): $20,000 / $40,000
Hit on Defenseless Player: $20,000 / $40,000
Blindside Block: $20,000 / $40,000
Roughing the Passer: $15,000 / $30,000
Low Block: $7,500 / $15,000
Chop Block: $7,500 / $15,000

It’s pretty sad that player gets fined for a facemask penalty as much a player punching another player, or committing a low-block for that matter considering how often they result in serious/season-ending injuries.

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