NFL News: Phil Taylor fined for hit during Steelers game

The NFL unveiled its fines for hits from Week 17 today, and surprisingly, only one player from the Browns-Steelers game received a penalty. And of course, it was a Brown.

Cleveland defensive tackle Phil Taylor was the one in trouble, because of his unnecessary roughness forearm that concussed Pittsburgh offensive lineman Kelvin Beachum away from the play. He was fined $7,875 for the play. It’s the second fine of his career, along with his $7,500 penalty for hitting Chad Henne in a Sept. 25, 2011 game.

Notably, there were no other fines assessed to other players, such as Pittsburgh linebacker James Harrison, offensive lineman Doug Legursky, or Browns defensive tackles Billy Winn and Ahtyba Rubin. The game turned ugly after Legursky dived into the legs of Craig Robertson after a second-quarter play.

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  • bigDawg

    Do you have a nice little gif?

  • Vindictive_Pat

    I’m surprised… the NFL likes to grab as much money from fines as possible. Maybe Rog felt like he better lay off Harrison this time or else he wouldn’t wake up the next morning.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Pretty cheap for the shot Taylor delivered. Had it been reverse Browns fans would be pitching a fit.

  • Robbie

    I didn’t get to see the game and only saw a gif version of the hit. Was it cheap, but legal? If so, it’s just one bit (of a long line) of payback for the Hines Ward years. Oh, sorry… he was just a gamer, playing 110% 200% of the time, that’s right.

  • CLE

    Money well spent.

  • HarrisonRules

    The fine was not nearly large enough. If they are truly trying to protect players, then egregious hits like these need to be seriously punished. Cheap shots like these should be much more severely punished.