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Chancellor fined $20 K for helmet-to-helmet hit

Post by Eric Williams on Nov. 18, 2011 at 4:51 pm with 10 Comments »
November 18, 2011 4:51 pm

According to, the NFL has fined Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor $20,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Baltimore receiver Anquan Boldin last week.

Chancellor actually got the bad part of the deal, having to leave the game with the concussion. Still, the second-year safety did initiate contact with his helmet to Boldin’s helmet and drew a personal foul penalty in the process, so he likely knew a fine was coming this week.

Chancellor was a full participant in practice on Friday and has been listed as probable for Sunday’s game at St. Louis.

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  1. For some guys, $20,000 isn’t a big deal. But I suspect it hits home quite a bit more with a guy like The Chancellor of Kam, who was a mid-round pick still on his rookie contract. Of course, if he keeps up the good work, he’s going to earn himself a contract where twenty grand really isn’t that big of a deal.

  2. I think the concussion Kam got was worse than the fine, and I hope he learns from it. I don’t want him to stop being aggressive, but there’s no excuse for being as reckless as he was on that hit. Hawk the ball or hit the receiver in the ribs, not the head.

  3. JazBadAzz says:

    Receiver’s got it easy now a days…SMFH
    This league is getting more sissy by the day.
    Why don’t they call that BS that the offense be doing on those crack back blocks that Hines ward made a name for his self doing. Or when offensive lineman chop block unsuspecting defensive lineman…PFFT.
    its all about the money and fantasy points.

  4. If he hadn’t gotten a concussion out of it, I would joke that it was money well spent, but I’m still with you guys.

    At times, he seems to have Kenny Easley potential, but do you remember in those days, he used to knock himself out from hitting so hard and helmet-to-helmet. It also eventually took it’s toll as his body (and pain killer addiction) couldn’t handle it anymore. Maybe (some) of these new rules will work to protect the defensive guy too. Still want aggressive hard hitting guys out there though!

  5. They’re turning this into a pussy game. They’ll be wearing flags in the next decade. Stamp it.

  6. I for Kam`s Aggressive Play. Only I would change is hit em High on the Shoulders. We need Kenny Easley`s toughness & abilities for our DB`s & Corners.

  7. yellaman says:

    I still don’t understand why guys in the league who are big and fast are always dropping their heads to make hits (tackles). I was always taught to keep your head up when making a tackle. (to be able to see who you are hitting) I like Kam’s play and will be wearing his jersey # soon but this isn’t the first time this season he has dropped his helmet to make a hit. Come on Kam your to good of a player to risk injury by using poor technique.

  8. yellaman says:

    Another thing is when a guy drops his helmet he is risking injury to the spine but if you keep your head up the worst injury likely to happen is you get ran over (better than paralysis)

  9. williambryan says:

    All good points but the league has to account for the fact that the “defenseless receivers” are in continuing motion, and if in the act of attempting to catch the ball as Boldin was doing, it is very hard to ask the DB to make a precise hit to the midsection. To me Kam was going low and had no intention of hitting Boldin in the head, but the path that Boldin decided to take to catch the ball had a big impact on where Chancellor had to hit him. I don’t like these penalties at all.

  10. SeahawkFan12 says:

    Are we really heading toward a tough-football league? I am in full support of mitigating head injuries to these guys, but even the players are frustrated by this. It was a great hit by Kam, and unfortunately, a helmet-to-helmet incident. A $20K fine is ridiculous. Taking money out of a guy’s wallet will not prevent these hits from coming; it will only motivate these guys to player harder so as to earn bigger contracts, so they have more money to shed on stupid fines….LOL! At least that’s my sick, twisted rationale….

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