Monday, November 8, 2010

No fines for Coleman or Mikell on Collie collision

The NFL announced Monday that Eagles safety Kurt Coleman will not be fined for a hit in the second quarter of Sunday’s game between the Eagles and Colts.

The Eagles were penalized for unnecessary roughness for a hit on Colts wide receiver Austin Collie.

According the league explanation, the contact on Collie was initiated by Eagles safety Quintin Mikell, who delivered a legal hit with his shoulder to the chest area of Collie. That contact propelled Collie toward Coleman, causing Coleman to make helmet-to-helmet contact with Collie.

"Because the helmet-to-helmet contact was a result of Collie being driven toward Coleman by Mikell’s legal hit, there will be no fine for this action," the statement read. "Though there will be no fine issued in this instance, the play was properly officiated. Officials have been instructed to err on the side of player safety, and when in doubt, will penalize in situations such as this for unnecessary roughness."


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