PITTSBURGH – The hits keep coming.
True the Steeler defense is starting to look like the one of old again, after its debacle against Baltimore in game one.
But when it comes to hits, its in the wallets, as the hits players are making are being watch by the NFL.
So much for playing the game of football the Steeler way: smash mouth and throwback.
Instead new NFL rules set forth by the commissioners office seem to have the Pittsburgh defense in mind.
The latest being James Farrior’s hit on Kerry Collins which knocked him out of the Indianapolis game Sunday night. Farrior was not penalized on the play, but after further review, issued a 15,000 fine from the league office.
Could it be the team is being more watched after James Harrison’s comments about commissioner Rodger Goodell in an August magazine? Then he blasted the comish going as far as saying he would never respect him.
“If that man was on fire and I had to piss to put him out, I wouldn’t do it,” Harrison told the magazine then. “I hate him and will never respect him.”
The answer to that, at least for now is no.
Troy Polamalu and Ike Taylor each have earned a pay reduction for hits the made in games. Polamalu was fined $15,000 for his horse-collar tackle on Ravens running back Ricky Williams in the opener.
“It definitely wasn’t on purpose,” Polamalu said. “I’ve never intentionally tried to horse collar anybody.” He declined to talk about the fine.
Taylor was fined $15,000 for head-butting Ravens offensive tackle Michael Oher, also in the opener. That head butt led to a player tussle on the field.
What’s interesting about the fines, is Harrison, who earned over $100,000 last year is just starting to return to the Harrison of old with his play on the field.
Defense is not alone in being penalized for hits. Antonio Brown found out his wallet would be a little thinner this week for a low a blow.