Bernard Pollard, Kareem Jackson fined $42K each for hits in Texans-Titans game
Tennessee Titans safety Bernard Pollard and Houston Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson were each fined $42,000 on Wednesday by the NFL.
According to a report from ESPN, Pollard was fined for his hit Sunday on Texans receiver Andre Johnson, who suffered a concussion on the play. Pollard was fined for hitting a defenseless receiver in the head with his shoulder but a flag wasn’t thrown on the play because he turned his head to avoid helmet-to-helmet contact. Upon receiving news of the fine, Pollard, who won a Super Bowl last season with the Baltimore Ravens, tweeted that he didn’t understand how the play could be deemed legal during the game and still be fined for it days later.
Jackson was fined for his hit on Titans receiver Kendall Wright during the game, which Houston ended up winning 30-24. He was flagged on the play for unnecessary roughness and later called the hit a “bang-bang play,” according to the report.
Jackson and Pollard both plan to appeal the fines.
Pollard has led the league in unnecessary roughness penalties since 2010, with 14 calls between then and Week 1 of this season. According to the ESPN report, his history played a role in the NFL determining this latest fine.