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Gilbert: Brock’s hit “was a cheap shot”


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


Author: Mark Kaboly

Mark Kaboly is the Pittburgh Steelers beat writer for the Tribune-Review. Mark has covered more than 300 NFL football games in all 32 NFL cities as well as three Super Bowls -- XL in Detroit, XLIII in Tampa and XLV in Dallas. A Belle Vernon Area graduate, Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a specialization in journalism from California University of Pennsylvania. Mark lives in Port Vue with his wife, Jennifer; daughter Briella; and boys Rocco and Bugsley Pug


  1. DLB says:

    It seems like league discipline is going down a very slippery slope. There are in game rules to counter actions that violate the rules of play. They are called penalty flags and yards. Not every flag should translate to a fine. The enforcement of the penalty on the field of play is sufficient.

    Fines for in game play should be limited to flagerant actions deliberately executed with a known potential for injury and including the deliberate act to injure another player. It seems through the first two weeks of this season we are seeing fines levied for some of the normal unintentional things that can happen in the course of playing football. Troy’s fine for a horse collar tackle, along with Brendon Ayanbadejo’s, fines for a clip noted above and other plays I’ve noticed that often happen as a normal course of the game rather than through intent to harm.

    It is one thing if these things are done with a deliberate intent to cause harm, it is quite another if it is in the normal course of playing football. Penatlies will happen, is the league going to start fining for all of them?

    If the NFL wants to continue seeing high revenues, they need to give some serious thought to the eventual impact on their product by continuing going down what is trending toward an over aggressive use of their powers to fine a player. Just because they have a 10 year CBA, doesn’t mean they will have fans by the time it expires. They may just have player safety at the expense of people to watch them play.

    Has anyone else noticed fines this year seem to expanding beyond the expected boundaries of intentionally dangerous plays?

  2. Sonny D says:

    That play looked remarkably like Kemo’s hit on Carson Palmer in 2005.

  3. Bsteel says:

    Does anyone know if the Brock hit that got a fine was the first one that hurt Ben’s knee or the second hit when someone (Brock, too?) dove at Ben’s legs after he had returned to the field? The first looked accidental. It was the second that seemed intentional.

  4. Carl says:

    The hit that got fined was the first one when Ben was initially hurt. I don’t know whether it was intentional or not, but I’ll give the benefit of the doubt on that one. The second one, now that was obvious and intentional! Why does it seem like everyone is trying to injure Steelers players? First the Ravens chop blocking everyone(HATE that “legal” tactic BTW), and then the Seahawks with that crap last Sunday…

  5. Bill says:

    @ Carl, why do they try to injure our players? because they know they cannot beat them otherwise. Inferior teams, (Ravens, Seahawks, Broncos, etc.) always have to resort to shady tactics in order to counter the almost always superior coaching, and talent present on our Steelers in order to have a chance of winning. That being said, there are always times where it seems our beloved team are more than willing to help the other teams out. See the recent Baltimore game, and the debacle in Cleveland in Dec 2009 for ample evidence. ;)

  6. David says:

    I agree with one of the statements in that, not every flag throw warrants a fine. These flags have thier own penalty not to have to don’t on too of that. See Trousers horse collar, that didn’t deserve a time either.

  7. Scott P says:

    DLB is 100% correct.
    I don’t understand issuing a fine for unintentional penalties. It is just another example of Roger Goodell’s abuse of power. Before long (if it hasn’t happened already) players will be thinking about avoiding fines during the course of a play. This will cause guys to play at less than full speed. Anybody who has ever played football will tell you that is when injuries occur. It is very obvious that Chooch Goodell has never buckled up a chin strap and played a single down of football.

    Player safety is being jeopardized by his overly aggressive policies.

  8. Rob says:

    The replay clearly showed that Brock tripped over Gilbert’s leg. The hit was no more avoidable than was VonOelhoffen’s hit on Palmer in ’05, and should not have been fined or penalized. We need to take off our Black and Gold glasses and view things objectively from time to time.

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