Atlanta Falcons safety Chris Hope was fined $30,000 by the NFL this week for his helmet-to-helmet hit on New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz. Hope was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play during the third quarter of Sunday's 34-0 Falcons win.
Hope had a feeling this was coming.
"Hopefully, I won't (be fined), but there are rules and regulations," Hope told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution this week. "I'm not a dirty player. It was just a part of the game. I got caught in a situation where I just made a play on the ball. It was a hit that I didn't think was head to head, but it's probably going to be a fine."
Other fines from around the NFL announced Friday:
» Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin was fined $15,750 for unnecessary roughness (late hit) against the Denver Broncos. Boldin's teammate, cornerback Cary Williams, also drew a $15,750 for a similar offense.
» Tennessee Titans safety Jordan Babineaux was docked $7,875 for unnecessary roughness after he grabbed an opponent's facemask against the New York Jets. As for Gang Green, defensive end Quinton Coples was fined $15,750 for unnecessary roughness after he struck Titans quarterback Jake Locker with a helmet-to-helmet hit.
» The hits against Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck just keep on coming. This week, the NFL fined Houston Texans defensive end Antonio Smith $15,750 for unnecessary roughness after he rocked the rookie signal-caller with a helmet-to-helmet hit. A total of $129,000 in fines have been issued to players who have illegally hit Luck, The Indianapolis Star's Mike Chappell points out.
» Chicago Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall was hit with a $5,250 fine after he threw a football into the stands, which presents the potential for crowd-control issues. The Bears also lost to their NFC North rivals, the Green Bay Packers.
» Dallas Cowboys linebacker DeMarcus Ware is a terror for quarterbacks, but sometimes his motor gets the best of him. The pass-rushing fiend was docked $15,750 for roughing the passer on a hit against Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.
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