Steelers’ Bud Dupree fined for unpenalized hit on Russell Wilson
In last week’s game between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, Bud Dupree delivered a late hit on Russell Wilson. Despite not penalizing Dupree after the hit occurred, the NFL has fined him for it after the fact.
On the play, Wilson was moving out of the pocket to attempt a pass downfield. Soon after he let go of the ball, Dupree came in and delivered a nasty helmet-to-helmet hit.
Following Seattle’s win over the Steelers, head coach Pete Carroll confirmed that the NFL told him there should’ve been a flag thrown on the play. Instead, they have handed the Steelers linebacker a $21,056 fine for his unnecessary hit.
Prior to being given the fine, Dupree said that he had apologized to Wilson. He also claimed there was no ill intent behind making the hit on the Seahawks quarterback.
Nonetheless, the referees in the game failed to do their job as Wilson took a huge hit to the head. Luckily for the Seahawks, their prized passer was able to immediately pick himself up off of the ground.
Over the course of the first two weeks of the season, we have seen multiple quarterbacks suffer injuries. On the other side of the field as Wilson, Ben Roethlisberger left last week’s game against the Seahawks with an elbow injury.
For Roethlisberger, his elbow injury came on a play where he wasn’t touched at all. As for Nick Foles, the Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback was driven into the ground by the Kansas City Chiefs’ Chris Jones—with no penalty being called.
The league has done all they can to protect quarterbacks but the referees need to begin to uphold their end of the bargain by throwing a flag when it is warranted. However, taking money from a player’s pockets could cause them to think twice before making another dangerous hit.