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Vince Young update; Hit on DeSean costs $50,000

Ray Anderson, the NFL's vice president of football operations, was just on ESPN Radio's "Mike & Mike" show and said that Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson's hit on Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson definitely was illegal under the rules protecting a defenseless receiver.

Vince Young update; Hit on DeSean costs $50,000

UPDATED, 7:45:

Titans coach Jeff Fisher said quarterback Vince Young is day-to-day with a mild sprained left knee after being injured in a 30-3 win over Jacksonville on Monday. He also has a sprained ankle.

The Eagles visit the Titans on Sunday at LP Field, where the Titans (4-2)  have lost their last two home games.

He did not know if Young would be able to practice tomorrow, but the Titans are planning a reduced workload because of the short week. Fisher said he expected Young to be day-to-day most of the week.

“It’s not unrealistic if he misses a couple days of practice that he still can play. I think he’s got a good chance,” Fisher told reporters in his day-after news conference, according to the Associated Press.

Young thought his season might have been over when he was pulled down after recovering a fumbled snap with his left leg twisting underneath him.

“If you look at ... what happened in the game, I could stand up here and say that he’s lucky,” Fisher said. “As he said, he’s a quick healer, and we’ll just go with him day to day.”

UPDATED: The NFL has fined the Falcons' Dunta Robinson $50,000 for his hit on Eagles receiver DeSean Jackson.

The league issued a total of $175,000 in fines to three players for helmet-to-helmet hits today.

Patriots safety Brandon Meriweather has been fined $50,000 and Steelers linebacker James Harrison has been fined $75,000. Harrison plans to appeal. He received the additional fine as a repeat offender.

The league is considering suspensions for helmet-to-helmet hits, but felt players had not been given fair warning of possible penalties and opted for fines this week.

EARLIER:  

Ray Anderson, the NFL’s vice president of football operations, was just on ESPN Radio’s  "Mike & Mike" show and said that Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson’s hit on Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson definitely was illegal under the rules protecting a defenseless receiver.

"Technically, by the rules, even if you initiate contact below the neck, but you get up into a players head and neck area for a defenseless receiver, technically under that rule, that was a violation," Anderson said. "That’s why it was called (a penalty). And it will be subject to discipline."

The league expanded the definition of a "defenseless receiver" in March. If a receiver has caught the ball, but hasn’t had time to protect himself, he can’t be hit in the head or neck area.

"Yes, it was a bang-bang play," Anderson said. "You can make the argument that it was different from the others (hits on Sunday).

But at the end of the day, it was still illegal under the current rules. And we have to be very vigorous about enforcing and protecting our players against hits like this."

Bottom line: Robinson definitely will be fined. My best guess is he won’t receive a suspension unless the league is determined to send a message to the rest of the players.
 

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