Helmet rule flags rare in regular season
As for the helmet rule, Pro Football talk reports that officials have thrown only four flags in the first four weeks of the season after a whopping 51 were thrown in the first two weeks of the preseason.
The change came as officials were directed to avoid flagging inadvertent contact.
NFL: Officials missed flag on Kareem Hunt
NFL officiating head Al Riveron said on Friday that officials missed a call in Monday’s game between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City on Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt when he lowered his head to run through Broncos safety Justin Simmons.
Hunt docked most of his game check
The league did its best to rectify the missed call on Saturday, fining Hunt $26,739 for unnecessary roughness stemming from illegal lowering of his helmet.
The NFL fined Kareem Hunt nearly $27,000 (his average game check is about $36,000) for lowering his head to initiate contact on this play. pic.twitter.com/VxKmESBPiI
— Tom Martin (@TomKCTV5) October 6, 2018
As KCTV’s Tom Martin pointed out, that’s a big chunk of Hunt’s game check. Hunt, a second-year player on his rookie contract is scheduled to make $575,250 in base salary this year.
While that is a hefty fine relative to his salary, the penalty is just. Defenders are flagged for unnecessary roughness violations while ball carriers are rarely held responsible for their role in dangerous plays that result from reckless form.
But maybe the NFL should pro-rate fines based on players salaries.
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