Giants’ safety Kenny Phillips told reporters this week that the league has decided not to fine him $30k for his Week 2 hit on Tampa Bay WR Vincent Jackson.
Phillips launched into Jackson as Jackson tried to reel in a pass from QB Josh Freeman late in the 3rd quarter of the Giants’ 41-34 victory over the Bucs on Sept 16. Phillips came in high and appeared to hit helmets with the 6’5″ Jackson, dislodging him from the football for an incomplete pass. There was no flag thrown on the play, but Phillips received a letter later that week informing him that his hit was illegal and that he would be fined.
From Tom Pedulla of the New York Times:
“Although Phillips was not penalized for his collision with Jackson even as Tampa Bay Coach Greg Schiano screamed at the officials to drop a flag, he said the N.F.L. gave him a $30,000 fine that he successfully appealed based on photographic evidence and his description of what occurred. “I’m glad I won that one because it was the biggest one,” he said.”
Not sure what that photographic evidence Phillips provided to the league was. I watched the replay eleven times and it appears Schiano had a good case – either a helmet-to-helmet hit or a defenseless receiver hit. The league has better video equipment than I do, so I guess they saw enough on the close-up to reverse the fine. It could have very well been a helmet-to-shoulder pad shot….