To paraphrase Chase Utley: No fine, no ... fine!
That's the only logical response to the NFL's decision not to fine Atlanta safety Lawyer Milloy for his hit that knocked Eagles tight end L.J. Smith out of last Sunday's game against the Falcons and tomorrow's game against the Seattle Seahawks.
It's impossible to watch Milloy's hit and not deem that it was unneccesarily violent. That's not to say that Milloy intended to injure Smith, but he made a poor decision to take two steps before nailing the Eagles' tight end in the back. Smith suffered a concussion. We've certainly seen players fined for less this season. In fact, Milloy's teammate Keith Brooking was fined $5,000 for hitting Donovan McNabb in the second quarter Sunday.
Here's something else to think about: the Milloy play and an earlier hit by Eagles defensive end Trent Cole drew penalties, but not fines. The Brooking hit resulted in a fine, but not a penalty. So, apparently, the guys sitting in New York have a better feel for what's happening on the field than the officiating crews at the game.