Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith cost his team 15 yards for an unnecessary roughness penalty for a hit on Chicago Bears quarterback Mitchell Trubisky in Week 11.
The penalty will now cost Smith some money.
The league fined Smith $10,026 for the infraction, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported. Smith plans to appeal, Pelissero added.
#Vikings star safety Harrison Smith was fined $10,026 for the hit that banged up #Bears QB Mitch Trubisky’s shoulder last week, per source. Tough one for Smith on a designed run where Trubisky dove head first — a new area of protection this season. He’ll appeal.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) November 23, 2018
The specific play occurred at the 3:13 mark of the fourth quarter on a designed run play on first-and-10.
Trubisky gained 5 yards around the left side of the line of scrimmage before lunging head first and sliding on his knees to give himself up on the play. Harrison hit the Bears’ signal-caller across the left shoulder area as Trubisky leaned forward to draw the yellow flag.
Harrison Smith was just officially fined $10,026 for this hit on Mitch Trubisky, which forced the QB out of yesterday's game. pic.twitter.com/PBrAaAkVVH
— uSTADIUM (@uSTADIUM) November 23, 2018
In real time these plays are extremely difficult to call. Bang bang plays like this can go either way.
Being an NFL ref is an incredibly difficult job.
On a side note, how do they come up with the amount $10,026??
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