Was Rodgers-Cromartie hard hit a flag test?

Steelers at Eagles 1st Qtr | 1:12 | Steelers 3-0 | Steelers ball | 3rd & 16 @ PIT 24 | video Eagles safety Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie will obviously be the first player lined up to pay at the NFL disciplinary fine window. In the first quarter, Rodgers-Cromartie laid a hit on Steelers quarterback

Leavy’s empty-hand ruling close. Correct?

Week 13: Falcons at Texans 1st Quarter | 8:24 remaining | no score | Texans ball | 3rd & 7 @ ATL 14 | video Well, this one is weird, to say the least. Texans quarterback T.J. Yates throws an apparent incomplete pass while he is being hit. As the ball rolls without

Week 3 discipline report

Each week, we keep track of the fines assessed by the NFL for on-field incidents. Total through Week 2: 11 fines, $170,000. Zebra Blog fine meter $ 2 3 5, 0 0 0 FINES 1 9 SUSP 0  Titans tight end Daniel Graham, $5,000, throwing ball into stands. Titans defensive end Jason Jones, $15,000, facemask-to-helmet hit. Falcons safety William Moore, $7,500, helmet-to-helmet hit. Browns defensive lineman Phil Taylor,

The Week 2 commissioner’s blotter

Every week, we will try to tally up the fines assessed by the NFL for on-field incidents. Zebra Blog fine meter $ 1 7 0, 0 0 0 FINES 1 1 SUSP 0 Last week's total: 7 fines, $92,500. Most notably, Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson, fined $40,000, according to the NFL: "the minimum amount ... for a second violation of the rules on hits against

NFL PUNTS ON CONCUSSION POLICY

Robinson avoids sure suspension for bell-ringer; fined $40K for repeat offense Week 2: Eagles at Falcons After delivering a headhunting hit to Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin, Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson was looking to send a message. The NFL also sent a message that it is afraid to enforce harsh sanctions for hits that

Week 2 open forum, assignments

Entering Week 2, let us know in the comments or @footballzebras if you see anything in this week's games that seems to be the wrong call. Referee assignments after the jump. Quick calls Browns at Colts | 2nd quarter | :38 remaining. A touchdown run by Peyton Hillis was reviewed and reversed.

Pereira sums up opening weekend

In his weekly wrap-up column on Fox Sports, commentator Mike Pereira weighed in on a few calls from Week 1: Lions at Buccaneers | 2nd quarter | 10:34 remaining | video. Lions cornerback Chris Houston intercepted a Josh Freeman pass at the 1, with his momentum carrying him into the end zone.

Fix inequities built into replay system

The replay system as we know it needs further review. We are going to be highlighting these in an on-going series. While we have said that having instant replay is not a backstop for overturning every missed call, its application in limited circumstances is very useful. However, the system is beginning

Helmet-to-helmet hit may result in butt-to-bench, increased fines

After some nasty helmet-to-helmet collisions on the football field, it was comments made in the broadcast studio that attracted the attention of the NFL. On Sunday Night Football, former Chargers and Patriots safety Rodney Harrison—who was voted twice by his peers as the dirtiest player in the game—said that fines