SI Now co-hosts Maggie Grey and Robin Lundberg talk about whether or not the NFL is altering its stance on unlawful hits after it lowered Vontaze Burfict’s suspension from 5 video games to 3 video games.
Steelers linebacker Ryan Shazier was fined $25,000 for his hit on Browns rookie quarterback DeShone Kizer, ESPN.com’s Jeremy Fowler reported via Twitter. Fowler said Shazier told ESPN he was fined for a hit on a defenseless player, and that he’s appealing.
The hit by Shazier on Kizer during Pittsburgh’s win against Cleveland on Sunday caught the attention of many Bengals fans.
Video here from Twitter via @bustedcoverage:
Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict Retweeted it.
From The Enquirer’s @JimOwczarski via Twitter:
Owczarski wrote in March of 2016 about Shazier’s hit on the Bengals’ Giovani Bernard in the Steelers’ 18-16 AFC Wild Card victory against the Bengals, and the NFL stating that it would reinterpret the rule regarding hits with the crown of the helmet after previously stating that the hit was legal because of the angles of the players.
Shazier addressed in this NFL.com article whether he’s a dirty player:
Oooh, I’m a dirty player? Gosh, that’s crazy. I didn’t know I was a dirty player. Well, I just play my best every game. I’m not trying to hurt people. I’ve been hurt enough, so I’m not out there trying to hurt people. I know how that feels when you’re hurt and can’t play the game that you love. If people want to call me a dirty player, then whatever. But at the end of the day, I just got out there and play my best. If a dude drops his head when I’m going to tackle you, then I can’t control that. I just give everything I got every time I’m out there.
Shazier is in his fourth NFL season out of Ohio State. He was a first-round pick of the Steelers in 2014.
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