Raheem Brock Fined $15,000 For Hit That Injured Ben Roethlisberger

Raheem Brock was reportedly fined for a low hit on Ben Roethlisberger during Sunday's matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers.

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Raheem Brock Fined For Hit On Ben Roethlisberger, Will Appeal

Raheem Brock was hit with a $15,000 fine on Wednesday for his low hit on Ben Roethlisberger during Saturday's matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers. Roethlisberger crumpled to the ground after the hit, bending awkwardly as Brock tumbled into his legs. Because of the so-called "Brady Rule," which came about after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady suffered a torn ACL following a similar hit three years ago, Brock was flagged on the play and ultimately fined by the league.

On Thursday morning, Brock tweeted the following, saying he plans to appeal the fine.

Here's a snapshot of me getting tripped into the QB by the oline----> http://seattle.sbnation.com/seattle-seahawks/2011/9/21/2441409/raheem-brock-ben-roethlisberger-hit-fine-roger-goodell about to send this in to appeal this 15k fine!

The link is to something we posted earlier this week, which shows Brock being tripped by the Steelers' right tackle. As Brock rushed Roethlisberger, he spun over his right shoulder, beating the right tackle to the inside and opening a clear path to the quarterback. But as he spun, the video shows the offensive lineman sticking out his leg in an attempt to trip him.

The trip threw Brock off-balance, sending him tumbling towards Roethlisberger, with his momentum carrying him into the Steelers' quarterback's leg. While it was unfortunate Roethlisberger went down with an injury -- he did return later -- there was nothing malicious about Brock's intentions. In the split-second it took for Brock to lose his balance, there was little he could do to halt him momentum, and the hit was more an unfortunate accident than an attempt to injure.

Hopefully Brock wins his appeal and walks away from this mess without taking a hit in the pocketbook. Yes, $15,000 isn't a huge sum of money for an NFL player, but the principle of it all makes the fine worth appealing. If the NFL is going to fine players for incidental hits that are, essentially, unavoidable, it sets a dangerous precedent, allowing the league to dole out punishments that fly in the face of the evidence on hand.

For more on Seahawks football, check out Field Gulls.

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Raheem Brock Says He Was Fined For Hit On Ben Roethlisberger

Raheem Brock was fined by the NFL for a low hit on Ben Roethlisberger during Sunday's matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and Pittsburgh Steelers. Brock caught Roethlisberger below the legs just after the Steelers quarterback released the ball, leaving him crumpled on the ground in pain. Though Roethlisberger returned after sitting a few plays out, and avoided serious injury, Brock fell victim to the "Brady Rule," and was punished as a result.

But the punishment wasn't fair, nor was it right. As we explained earlier, the hit was incidental, and far from malicious. In fact, Brock's hit wasn't intentional at all. As he put a spin move on the Steelers' right tackle, Brock was tripped, and sent toppling over into Roethlisberger's legs.

Here's what Brock had to say when announcing his own suspension.

Fined by the NFL today for being "TRIPPED" by an o'lineman and fallin into the QB's legs! Smh if I only had super powers to stop mid air

We examined the play earlier, and this photo shows what happened right before Brock hit Roethlisberger.

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Read the rest of our case against Brock being fined, which is moot now, here.

For now, that's it for Brock. Hopefully, though, he'll be able to appeal the fine, with this photo and the video of the incident serving as evidence. Protecting the quarterback is obviously a priority in the NFL, but this is simply going too far, and it's not right for Brock to be punished for something he simply couldn't avoid.

For more on Seahawks football, check out Field Gulls.

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