By: Ian Logue
Thursday night’s game may end up becoming an expensive endeavor for two Tampa Bay Buccaneers players, and we’ll likely find out today if two fines are coming thanks to a couple of tough helmet-to-helmet hits.
Danny Woodhead took quite a shot Thursday night. (FILE:Icon/SMI)
The first came from Mason Foster, who put a tough shot on Chad Ochocinco on their first play of their 2nd drive that was flagged for a 15-yard penalty. It helped set up Ochocinco’s touchdown to help New England go up 14-0.
Ochocinco Tweeted out to Foster the day after that he thought it was a clean hit, and offered to reimburse him if he’s fined. ProFootballTalk.com revealed that as nice of a gesture that may have been, he’d likely be fined himself if he did.
The other fine will likely be on Devin Holland, who put a vicious helmet-to-helmet shot on Danny Woodhead in the fourth quarter on a punt return. On the play Woodhead dropped face down on the turf, and while he was able to get up moments later, he staggered laterally before four of his teammates caught him just before it appeared that he was about to fall down again.
Fans likely also remember the helmet-to-helmet shot that the Jaguars Mike Lockely put on Patriots receiver Taylor Price the week before. Price remained in the game following the hit, but missed practices after the game – although some media reports said it was due to a leg injury.
Lockely ended up being fined for the hit, and it will cost him $20,000 should he end up on an NFL roster.
Belichick was asked after the game about the number of headshots we’ve seen so far during this preseason, but although he seemed frustrated, he declined to comment.
“I think you have to talk to the league about all that,” said Belichick when asked if he was concerned about the number of helmet-to-helmet hits he’s seen this preseason. “They’re the ones that make the rules, and the officials are the ones who call them. All we can do is go out there and play the game.”