Vikings’ Holton Hill gets fined $10.5k for hit on Paxton Lynch
The Minnesota Vikings already knew they were going to be without Holton Hill to begin the season, but now he’s receiving a fine from the NFL. Hill will be fined $10,500 for the hit he delivered on Paxton Lynch on August 18, per Tom Pelissero of NFL Network.
The hit came in the Vikings’ second preseason contest against the Seattle Seahawks. On the play, Lynch was taking the ball upfield before attempting to slide to the ground. At the same time, Hill propelled himself towards Lynch and delivered a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit.
After the play, the Vikings received a 15-yard penalty and Hill was ejected from the game. Lynch, Seattle’s No. 2 quarterback, entered concussion protocol and missed the Seahawks’ subsequent preseason game due to a head and neck injury.
Upon watching the play, the injury could’ve been significantly worse than it was. Following the Vikings’ third preseason game versus the Arizona Cardinals, Hill wanted it to be known that the hit wasn’t on purpose.
“It wasn’t intentional,’’ he said, per Chris Tomasson of the Pioneer Press. “I hope he’s doing OK. That wasn’t my intention to hit him helmet to helmet. I was already going in for the tackle and then he slid.’’
The Vikings cornerback is already suspended for the first eight games of the regular season for violations of the NFL’s policies on performance-enhancing drugs and illegal substances. Therefore, Mike Zimmer surely doesn’t like to see the troubled corner having issues on the field as well.
Despite his suspension to begin the season, Hill will play in Minnesota’s preseason finale on Thursday against the Buffalo Bills.