Green Bay Packers’ safety Nick Collins was fined $50,000 by the NFL on Monday for a helmet-to-helmet hit on the Cowboys’ Roy Williams on Sunday night. The league office said, in a statement, the Collins "violently and unnecessarily struck a defenseless receiver" in the head or neck area, and called the hit “a flagrant violation of player safety rules.”
The play came in the third quarter on a long pass from Jon Kitna. Williams was being double-covered and, as the ball sailed over Williams’ head, Collins lowered his head and launched himself into the back of Williams’ helmet. Williams lay motionless on the ground for a few moments, before getting up and jogging off the field.
Williams was uninjured, and reentered the game shortly thereafter. Interestingly, after the game, he openly asked Commissioner Roger Goodell to not fine Collins for what he described as a clean hit.
"Commissioner Goodell, don't fine the guy," Williams said, per Sports Illustrated. "It wasn't that bad of a deal, he shouldn't get fined. It was a football play, a football player making a football play. No injury, no harm."
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