Mike Florio with Pro Football Talk opined that Bengals safety George Iloka could get fined for his first quarter hit on Jermichael Finley Sunday, during Cincinnati's 34-30 win over the Green Bay Packers.
A league source explained on Sunday that the NFL believes Finley clearly was in a defenseless posture when struck, which means he shouldn’t have been hit in the head or neck area. The only question was whether Finley was indeed struck in the head by Iloka. Video from the play indicates that Iloka indeed struck Finley in the head.
Literally minutes after our post went up, PFT updated that Iloka received a $15,000 fine by the league.
Per a league source, Iloka was fined $15,000 for the hit applied to the head of Packers tight end Jermichael Finley when Finley was in a defenseless posture. Finley suffered a concussion on the play; no flag was thrown.
In truth, when seeing the play live, I was expecting a personal foul but no flag was thrown. So it's understandable to have that perspective, especially in this charged environment to
prevent more lawsuits promote player safety.
According to Florio, the fine has already been appealed, "through an online tool that allows the review process to be initiated, and that gives the player the ability to watch the play in question."
Iloka responded to the fine on twitter.
Smh..... How do you avoid hitting a moving target in the head that's coming at you head first? #HonestQuestion— George Iloka (@George_iloka) September 24, 2013
“@Coach_Mullins: @George_iloka didn't he come down on your arm??” Exactly— George Iloka (@George_iloka) September 25, 2013
I'll let my agent worry about all that. Gotta focus on football, big game this week against a division opponent. #WhoDey— George Iloka (@George_iloka) September 25, 2013