Atlanta cornerback Dunta Robinson will not be suspended for his hit on Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson in Sunday’s game. But Robinson has drawn a large fine and will be pointed to as an example as the NFL tries to discourage future violation of safety rules with possible suspensions.
Robinson was one of three players fined Tuesday, the NFL said. Robinson drew a $50,000 fine as did New England’s Brandon Meriweather. Pittsburgh’s James Harrison drew a $75,000 fine and the NFL said he was fined more because he was a repeat offender.
In his letter to each of the players, league vice president of football operations Ray Anderson said “future offenses will result in an escalation of fines up to and including suspension."
In Robinson’s case the NFL specifically said the following:
“In the second quarter of Atlanta’s game against Philadelphia, Robinson unnecessarily struck a defenseless receiver. That action violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 8 (g) of the NFL Official Playing Rules, which states that it is unnecessary roughness if the initial force of the contact by a defender’s helmet, forearm, or shoulder is to the head or neck area of a defenseless receiver who is catching or attempting to catch a pass. ‘’
Robinson and Jackson each suffered concussions on the play and left the game. Atlanta coach Mike Smith said Robinson’s availability for Sunday’s game with Cincinnati will continue to be evaluated as the week goes on.