Fine for hit on Leftwich serves as reminder

Steelers backup quarterback Byron Leftwich said the shot to the head from Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie "wasn’t that big a hit.”

The NFL obviously disagrees with Leftwich. The league fined Rodgers-Cromartie $21,000 on Friday, according to ESPN's Chris Mortensen.

This fine serves as a reminder for every defensive player in the league. This is now the minimum that players will be fined for a hit on a defenseless player, a five percent increase in the new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Maybe Rodgers-Cromartie can get Leftwich to help him with his appeal.

“It looked worse than it did,” Leftwich said. “It was a DB. I’d rather it be a DB rather than a lineman or a linebacker. I’m a pretty big guy myself. I feel like I can hold my own with certain types of things."