Miami Dolphins’ wide receiver Jarvis Landry has avoided a suspension for now, but his wallet will be a bit lighter this week.
The NFL announced on Thursday that the league will fine Landry $24,309 for his illegal crackback block on Buffalo Bills’ safety Aaron Williams from this past Sunday. Williams suffered a neck injury on the play and went to the hospital.
The hit, which is the second nasty one that the safety has suffered to his neck area in two years, will probably knock him out for the remainder of the season while it may also be career threatening.
Bills’ head coach Rex Ryan called the hit “unsportsmanlike” after the game and indicated that Landry should have been ejected from the game. The Dolphins’ pass catcher did receive a 15-yard penalty, but he was permitted to continue playing.
NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said on Wednesday that Landry wasn’t ejected from the game because officials were not able to determine whether the hit was intentional.
“It’s certainly a foul,” Blandino said. “It’s certainly something that we’ll review for potential discipline, but it’s still a football play, and it’s tough to read intent there. That’s why the officials kept him in the game. It’s not an automatic ejection. It’s up to the discretion of the crew and they didn’t feel like it was flagrant enough to throw the player out of the game.”
With player safety serving as one of the biggest concerns around the league, this incident might influence some change to the rules and regulations of these types of hits, but then again, the NFL has been very slow on the uptake in previous cases.
Landry leads the Dolphins with 46 catches and 572 receiving yards but has just one touchdown.