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Brandon Harris fined $21,000 for hit on DET return man.
So Brandon Harris was fined $21,000 for his hit on a returner deemed defenseless.
Defenseless is a little strong, as many have point out he could have called for a fair catch.
Also I find it strange that a guy gets fined 21k for a hit that was technically a half a second early, compared to a kick in the sack that was almost certainly on purpose that only cost 30k. One guy plays hard and is accidentally early in a unit of time that is impossible by most humans to do anything about, versus a conscious decision.
However what truely pisses me off is how ignorant the NFL is to how fines affect players. It should be proportional to salary. 21k for Brandon Harris is a fortune for an accident, while 30k for Suh a pre Rookie Salary Cap 1st rounder is not that big a deal. If I made 5 million a year, I would play however I wanted until the fines started racking up, then possibly changed, but if I was a league minimum guy, I would have to really think about how I played, which could end up getting me cut.
If the NFL truely cared about safety they would make things more fair for the lower salary guys.
Nothing is impossible, it just costs more.
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