Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie thinks his dirty hit on Byron Leftwich was clean

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I don't know if it falls under the category of denial, self-serving bias, lying to the media or Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie really, really giving himself the benefit of the doubt, but he believes the following hit was perfectly clean, and that is goofy talk.

Via Sheil Kapadia at, Rodgers-Cromartie was asked about the hit after Monday morning's practice:

Has he received any notification about a fine from the league?


Does he expect to receive a fine?


Does he believe it was a clean hit?

"Yes sir, no question."

Any regrets? Maybe wish he would have tackled Leftwich differently?

"Regrets? We're playing football, man," Rodgers-Cromartie said. "The Bible said don't live a life of regret."

I've often found that the best way to avoid living a life of regret is to not leave my feet and launch myself into the air in an effort to destroy Byron Leftwich's face. It's an approach I'd recommend to anybody.

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Peter King, in his Monday Morning Quarterback column, named DRC his "Goat of the Week" for the hit. He calls for not only a six-figure fine for Cromartie, but a suspension. I think a suspension is unlikely for a first-time offender, but a fine is almost certainly coming. I'd bet against six figures, too, but you never know.

The hit is a pretty textbook example of what the league is trying to eliminate. There's clearly a launch, there's clearly a blow to the head, and it came against a quarterback while he was in his throwing motion. That's zero for three, DRC. Letfwich was out of the pocket, yes, but there's no possible justification for that hit. James Harrison looked at that and said, "Come on, that's too much."

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