Bernard Pollard fined $42K for hit on Andre Johnson
- By Marc Sessler
- Around the League Writer
- Published: Sept. 18, 2013 at 10:15 a.m.
- Updated: Sept. 18, 2013 at 11:17 a.m.
Bernard Pollard is no stranger to league-imposed fines.
The Tennessee Titans safety was docked $10,000 by the NFL for a late hit back in August, and the NFL-stamped manila envelope has found its way to his locker, again:
The NFL later confirmed the punishment.
Pollard was docked for a hit on Andre Johnson that left the Texans receiver with a concussion in the fourth quarter of Tennessee's 30-24 overtime loss to Houston on Sunday. As Johnson hauled in a 21-yard pass at the Tennessee 2-yard line, Pollard came slashing in, but led with his shoulder.
He wasn't flagged, but Pollard made contact with Johnson's helmet and acknowledged after the game that a fine might be on the way. The NFL viewed the play as a hit to the head and neck area on a defenseless receiver, a league spokesman told NFL Media on Wednesday.
"It's hard for us as defensive players to pick our target, you know, so going high or going low, we ain't right." Pollard told reporters Sunday, per KILT-AM. "It was a no call but we will see what the front office has to say."
The front office, predictably, has weighed in.
UPDATE: Texans cornerback Kareem Jackson was fined $42,000 for his illegal fourth-quarter hit on Titans receiver Kendall Wright, according to the Houston Chronicle. Jackson will appeal the fine.
Jackson was penalized for the hit during the game, but he told ESPN.com afterward that neither the flag nor a potential fine would change the way he plays.