Raheem Brock fined for hitting Big Ben, plans to appeal
Antonio Garay wasn’t the only defensive lineman fined $15,000 for hitting a quarterback low during Week Two.
Seahawks defensive tackle Raheem Brock was slapped with the same fine for his hit on Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in the first half of the Steelers’ 24-0 victory. Roethlisberger completed a pass to Heath Miller on the play and Brock was flagged for roughing the passer. Roethlisberger left the game for a couple of plays, but returned and played the rest of the way.
“Fined by the NFL today for being “TRIPPED” by an o’lineman and fallin into the QB’s legs! Smh if I only had super powers to stop mid air”
Brock later tweeted a link to this photo, which does appear to show him tripping over tackle Marcus Gilbert’s leg on the way toward Roethlisberger’s knees. The video of the play shows Brock stumbling over Gilbert’s leg, although he is clearly still trying to propel himself toward Roethlisberger after he gets tripped up by Gilbert.
Whether Gilbert’s involvement is enough to get the fine overturned remains to be seen, but you have to imagine that the video of the play was examined at league headquarters before the fine was handed down. That would lead you to believe the fine will stand despite Brock’s feeling that he didn’t deserve any punishment.