Eagles CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been fined $21,000 for his unnecessary-roughness penalty committed last Thursday against the Steelers, which was first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The NFL believed that Rodgers-Cromartie unnecessarily hit a defenseless player — Steelers QB Byron Leftwich — in the head and neck area. Rodgers-Cromartie was flagged for the foul on the play.
Rodgers-Cromartie faced possible suspension had the hit been deemed serious enough, but he has avoided missing game time.
The way we see it
Many people around the NFL, especially in Pittsburgh, are not happy about this. The Steelers certainly feel like there is a bias against their team in regards to physical play (e.g. James Harrison, and his multiple meetings with Roger Goodell), but even members of other NFL teams are said to be upset that the penalty against Rodgers-Cromartie was not more stiff. We’ll say that he and the Eagles got a bit lucky here.