The week had been quiet for the Patriots on the NFL fines front. DL Myron Pryor had delivered a hit on Vikings QB Brett Favre late in last Sunday’s game that caused the QB to get several stitches to his chin, but the hit appeared completely legal. Pryor was not flagged for the hit and former NFL VP of Officiating wrote earlier this week that the hit appeared perfectly legal. Not legal enough apparently, because Pryor has been fined $7,500 for his hit on gramps. I’ve re-watched the hit on Favre several times (and you can too by clicking here) and I can’t possibly see how it is an illegal hit. If you take a look at the picture in this article it’s pretty hard to see how the hit could possibly be considered illegal. Pryor hits Favre in the chest with his helmet and in the process the force snaps Favre’s head down while Pryor’s helmet slides up. Pryor explained how something like that happens earlier this week to the Boston Herald, and it makes sense. He didn’t stop to comment today though and bolted out of the locker room after practice. The fines didn’t stop there.
LB Gary Guyton was also fined $7,500 in a helmet-to-helmet hit on Favre that occurred earlier in the game. That fine makes more sense than the Pryor hit, as Guyton was actually flagged during the game for a 15-yard penalty. Guyton had to expect the fine would be on its way. Either way, this is starting to get a little ridiculous. I have to side with James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers and his vehement opposition to all of the kiddy gloves being used to try and manage a violent game. I can’t help but wonder if this will factor into any new CBA that will hopefully be struck before a lockout occurs.