ARLINGTON, TX - OCTOBER 31: Jaosn Witten #82 of the Dallas Cowboys looks on against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Cowboys Stadium on October 31, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Jacksonville Jaguars’ safety Don Carey was slapped with a $12,500 fine on Thursday for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Cowboys’ tight end Jason Witten during last Sunday’s 35-17 Dallas loss. Vito Stellino of the Florida Times-Union, who initially reported the fine, added that Carey feared the fine would be worse.
Carey’s fear is well-founded.
The Pittsburgh Steelers’ James Harrison has now been fined a total of $100,000 this season for three separate incidents, the latest--a late hit on Saint’s quarterback Drew Brees, which cost Harrison $20,000--coming last week.
In this case, Carey actually got the worst of the exchange: he was forced to leave the game, while Witten stayed in and was ultimately unscathed. Carey said that he spoke to Witten after the incident, and that moving forward, he will attempt to alter his style of play.
“At the end of the day, chatting with him, [the helmet] barely even touched him to begin with,” Carey said. “Because his head snapped back the way it did so it looked like it. like I said, lower my target, it's not even a question. That's what I thought.”
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