Here’s some news that is sure to shock you: James Harrison was fined $25,000 for his hit on Ryan Fitzpatrick against the Bills on Sunday. If you’re keeping track at home, that’s the same amount of money Oakland’s Richard Seymour was fined for sucker punching Ben Roethlisberger after a play, and the same amount Tennessee’s Cortland Finnegan and Houston’s Andre Johnson were fined for their helmet-less fist fight on Sunday.
Don’t understand it? Don’t feel bad, nobody else does, either. Here’s the hit one more time.
And just for a comparison, here’s the hit he was penalized for against Oakland when he hit Jason Campbell, negating an interception returned for a touchdown by Ike Taylor. He was not fined for this one.
Random? Arbitrary? Welcome to the new NFL.
My biggest issue with the Fitzpatrick penalty — aside from the penalty itself — is how quickly the referee threw the flag. It hit the ground before the quarterback did, and it’s almost as if he was ready and waiting to throw it. It’s physically impossible to hit a quarterback.