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Jared Allen Fined $50,000 for Trying to Remove Matt Schaub's Legs

Nov 7, 2008 – 5:20 PM
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Bruce Ciskie

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Sometimes, the NFL fines players who are simply playing hard, finishing hits, and doing the right thing.

Sometimes, the NFL fines players who are playing dirty.

We've seen cases of both this week. The fines of LaMarr Woodley and Justin Tuck are practically criminal, and the NFL should be ashamed of itself for taking such a ridiculous stand on those hits. Woodley was simply sacking the quarterback, and Tuck was finishing a legal hit on a guy who voluntarily left his feet before getting hit.

I mean, the words to describe this are not words I'm supposed to be using out loud. It's simply beyond stupid. So is Mike Periera's response where he demands silence from those his league is unjustly taking money from.

However, the league came much closer to getting the Jared Allen case right. The overpaid defensive end for the Vikings twice took shots at the knees of Houston quarterback Matt Schaub during Sunday's game. His price of $50,000 is only 0.16 percent of the $31 million he reportedly was guaranteed by the Vikings. But it's still a heavy fine by NFL standards, and one that probably leaves Allen one more transgression short of a one-game suspension.

Of course, none of this makes Matt Schaub's knee any better.

The NFL notes that Allen was fined previously this season, and they note that he actually went after Schaub's knee twice. Allen won't comment until his fruitless appeal is heard, but the video speaks for itself, in my view.

Mike Florio of PFT notes Allen is probably lucky he didn't get suspended. I'm not sure I'd go that far, but it's clear by the size of this fine, and the NFL's decision to note to Allen that he actually went after Schaub's knees twice, that he's on the brink.

That said, I hope it doesn't slow Allen down. When he's dialed in, he's fun to watch, even for a Packers fan. Hopefully, it's not too hard for Allen to tone down the aggression without toning down the aggression, if you know what I mean. There's a pretty easy-to-discern line between playing hard and playing dirty. And as stupid as the NFL is about that line, there's no way they suspend Allen for hitting a guy the way Woodley and Tuck did.

I'd tell Allen to be careful around Aaron Rodgers on Sunday, but he didn't even get in the same zip code as Rodgers until the postgame handshake in Week One. He'll be all sorts of fired up if he can even breathe on Rodgers this weekend.
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