Seattle defensive lineman Raheem Brock was fined $15,000 for a hit to Ben Roethlisberger knee in the first half of Sunday’s 24-0 win over the Seahawks.
Brock revealed that he was fined on his Twitter page on Wednesday, and also made it known that he felt the fine from the league was unwarranted because he believed he was intentionally tripped by Steelers rookie tackle Marcus Gilbert that made the ensuing contact to Roethlisberger’s knee unavoidable.
“Fined by the NFL today for being “TRIPPED” by an o’lineman and fallin into the QB’s legs! Smh if I only had super powers to stop mid air,” Brock tweeted.
Gilbert didn’t see it the same way.
Gilbert said today that Brock’s hit to Roethlisberger’s knee “was a cheap shot.”
“I was (mad),” Gilbert said. “It wasn’t a good shot. I was (mad) because I take pride in keeping players off quarterbacks. It was something that happened and you can’t let it happen again.”
Brock was flagged for a personal four on the play for violating the league’s “Brady rule” which went into effect after New England quarterback Tom Brady suffered a torn ACL as the result of a low hit in the 2008 season opener.
However, the rule also states it is not a foul if the defender is blocked or fouled into the passer and has no opportunity to avoid him. The rule also goes to state that a defender cannot initiate a roll or lunge and forcibly hit the passer in the knee area or below, even if he is being contacted by another player.
The NFL ruled that Brock initiated a lunge at Roethlisberger’s knee.
“If anybody saw it, it was very intentional that he hit him down in the legs,” Gilbert said. “It was a dive (at the knee). That’s the way we saw it. That’s how we looked at it and that’s how the NFL looked at it.”
Under the NFL’s league discipline rules, players can be fined a minimum of $15,000 (first offense) for a leg whip, but not for tripping.
Gilbert said he wasn’t fined.
“I am all good in my end,” Gilbert said.
In other news, guard Doug Legursky was fined $10,000 for a third-quarter clip on Seattle’s Al Woods during last week’s game.
By Mark Kaboly