Report: Steelers RB Jonathan Dwyer Fined $21K For Using Head To Hit Bears S Chris Conte

According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, Pittsburgh Steelers running back Jonathan Dwyer has been fined $21,000 for delivering a blow to Chicago Bears safety Chris Conte while using the top/crown of his helmet outside tackle box in the loss Sunday night.

The play in question happened in the second quarter on second down with 4:02 left in the half. Dwyer was completing a 25-yard run when he lowered his head and hit Conte while he was attempting to make the tackle.

While Dwyer was not penalized for the hit on the play, NBC analyst Cris Collinsworth noted it as being an “interesting no-call” during the television broadcast.

The rule, which was just put into place this season, stipulates that a ballcarrier cannot use the crown of his helmet to deliver a forcible blow to a defender if he is outside the tackle box and 3 yards beyond the line of scrimmage.

When you look at the animated gif of the play below, you can see that the Steelers should have been called for a 15-yard penalty from the spot of the foul.

Dwyer is now the second running back in as many weeks to fined under the new rule. Last week, Tennessee Titans running back Jackie Battle was fined $21,000 by the league for lowering his head into Houston Texans defensive back Danieal Manning in week two.

Steelers Jonathan Dwyer Fined Bears Chris Conte

Snapshot - 18

Snapshot - 19

Snapshot - 20

Snapshot - 21

Snapshot - 22

  • steeltown



    Looking at that gif, can’t we all see the crown of his helmet to the side of then player the entire way!? He lowered his shoulder and punished the defender with a completely legal football play with his shoulder…which is why bit was not called a penalty on the field. Why the f*** is the league listening to Chris Collinsworth? He should be sued by Dwyer for mentioning he should be fined for this legal hit. Go Steelers

  • Tom Savastano

    That play makes me like him more… Best rb on the team (bell has to prove it) and he got cut..yeah, that made sense..

  • Anthony Renzelli

    even as someone who has heavily criticized dwyer for not making the most of his abilities…let the men play the damn game!

  • Steeler Wheeler

    In super slow mo, maybe his helmet did miss…but that was about as blatant a penalty (according to NFL rules) as you will see. NFL has overwhelmed the refs with these head shots and should not let them affect the outcome of the games.

  • Matt Manzo


  • Dom

    Can we not just let people who agree to enter the Nfl agree to go all out and play hard?

  • Dwayne Ferguson

    Dumb on so many levels. First he doesn’t break any rules. Second he is not a big time star who makes millions of dollars and he is a first offender so the fine is way to big and will be cut in arbitration. Also the NFL is neutering the game were players cannot play football anymore and suddenly have to overcome a lifetime of habits and skills they have learned in order to worry about seemingly arbitrary fines that come from high above.

  • JohnnyV1

    He had his head to the side initially, he could have just run the dude over using his shoulder! But at least it was a sign that someone on the offense was alive! 🙂

  • Kelly Johnson

    I don’t care if it is against the rules…Dwyer getting fined or penalized for this play is ridiculous!!! I wish they stop messing with the game Iove!!!

  • Johnny Loose

    Fine or no fine, illegal or not, I came out of my seat on this play. #Steelers

  • tim begin

    Weak .. Total Bull $hit fine

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    If you want to see Roger Goodell’s vision of how regular season games will be played in the future – just watch this season’s Pro Bowl.

    I have ceased being an NFL fan, but remain an ardent fan of the Black & Gold.

  • walter mason

    How can you hit with your shoulder and leave your head behind? He appears to turn his head and thats probably why it wasnt called.. Only under slo motion does he appear to hit with his crown. Trying to remove your head from the play may cause neck injuries.

  • Eric

    If the great Earl Campbell was playing today, he might get $105,000 in fines on one play. Insert other HOF RB names here_________

  • Shea Fahr

    The Bus made an entire living off that exact move. Wow how things have changed in less than 10 years!

  • Kolie Oak

    Are you effin kidding me?????
    The NFL is now officially a joke.

  • Kolie Oak

    Anybody who now continues to watch Professional Football is pussy too…..

  • Kolie Oak

    Last time you’ll ever here from me, It was fun Steeler Nation!!!

  • Dale

    I understand the rule, but he clearly tried to lead with the shoulder.

  • PA2AK

    amen! SOMEONE over there is OK with contact!

  • PA2AK

    Take every HOF defender, and every HOF RB off the list. Also…take every HOF WR and QB add 1,000 yards or so to their stats.

  • Scott Harding

    me too

  • Christopher Wilkes

    He lowered his head and the helmet hit first. I think it’s a dumb rule but his shoulder definitely didn’t hit first.

  • Steve

    Next the Comish will have them wearing skirts and have a hankie on each side so they don’t tackle so hard. I wonder if Goddell ever played tackle fooball – wimp!

  • Pete

    It’s really looks to me like he turned his shoulder into Conte rather than leading with the “crown” of his helmet. Dumb fine but that’s the new effeminate league for you.

  • kl

    The reason the helmet hits him is because the safety is not squared up when he goes in for the tackle. What a complete joke. Please, if you are going to put collinworth in an article, it should be becasue you are making fun of him or calling him out for being bias.

  • chris ward

    Think it is weak that Dwyer got fined for this play.

  • Mike.H

    Dwyer was ducking his head downwards expecting to be hit full on helmet contact with defender, there was no other move logically possible. Defensive move, commissionah.

  • Douglas Andrews

    Redman should pay that fine for those concussion comments he made!


    So watching the gif in full, do you see Conte’s shoulder pad move backwards? No, but you can definitely see his back pad pushed back and up from the square shoulder hit to his chest pad…just look at the last two stills. Legal football play seen and called(?uncalled)correctly on the field of play by the officials. Collinsworth, pony up for causing this fine – which is way way too large even if it was a dead center spear for a first-time offender

  • Rob

    One thing overlooked by all is he covered the ball with both arms and may have been doing nothing more than trying not to fumble and protect the ball while maintaining momentum.

  • RedCarpetDefense

    OK but no fine for Julius Peppers for “punching” a referee in the 4th qrtr.

  • Tom

    21k is excessive. It’s probably around 50% of his game check.

  • Ahmad

    But has anyone else noticed that the refs aren’t throwing flags on these plays? They probably think it’s a dumb rule too!

  • Whcr Communicators

    I hate this new rule , I could have never played in this game. I can accept a fine but not a fine and penalty. However glad it was not called on the field.

  • Douglas Andrews

    or maybe just run for the sidelines

  • charles

    This is why we see so much arm tackling by the D. Two years of Goodell and his legal minions protecting the fat cat ownership of the NFL. If every team was community owned like Green Bay, this stupidity would disappear.

  • charles

    Jim Brown

  • Brendon Glad

    I remember seeing that when it happened, and wondering if he’d be fined, even though he “missed” Conte, in the dangerous spots. Well, now I know. What a joke. Wow, and I thought Goodell and his lackeys would ease up on the unfair judgements on hits… with BOTH Hines Ward and James Harrison gone from the Black and Gold. Nope.

  • Brendon Glad

    Agreed, 1,000%. I can’t believe Merton Hanks is one of the key guys who reviews these plays.
    I had so much respect for him as a player, but I swear I could find an 8 year old girl or boy who would use better football-logic when deciding on the punishments/non-punishments on these plays in the last 2-3 years. They baffle me. The players are baffled, the refs are baffled, the media are baffled, and the fans are baffled.
    And it’s all Hanks and Anderson. With Goodell stamping it.
    To me, (going back to James Harrison’s problems with these rules), the dirtiest play (by a mile) he did in the last 2 years was the one he did on Vince Young…and that’s the one he got fined the least over.
    The most “accidental” of all of them were the 2 plays against Mosaquai and McCoy…and those were the 2 he got punished most severely over. They have zero clue what they are doing.

  • mhurk

    Roger Goddell and who ever made this stupid rule should be fined for ruining the NFL, too many rules, poor and unfair enforcement of stupid rules like this has turn the NFL into pure trash.