D. Florence Fined $15,000 For Hit That Caused Schaub's Concussion
The NFL fined San Diego Chargers cornerback Drayton Florence $15,000 for a hit on Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub last weekend.
League officials ruled that Florence made an unnecessary helmet-to-helmet hit on Schaub during an interception return.
But the Texans considered the penalty insufficient, given that Schaub suffered a concussion on the hit and is to be sidelined this weekend while backup Sage Rosenfels starts.
Texans General Manager Rick Smith said in a written statement: "We are disappointed in the sense that we have lost out starting quarterback for at least one game after the player took the crown of his helmet and delivered an illegal blow to Matt's jaw, and the fine levied is only a small fraction of the player's weekly pay. Is that equitable? The punishment doesn't appear to fit the crime when all factors are considered."
Florence has a salary of $896,000 this season, meaning that he makes $52,705.88 for each of the season's 17 weeks.
By Mark Maske |
November 1, 2007; 9:30 PM ET
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