Steelers S Sean Davis Fined $24,309 For Hit In Lions Game

Pittsburgh Steelers safety Sean Davis is a little lighter in his wallet this week thanks to him being fined for an illegal hit in the team’s Week 8 road win over the Detroit Lions.

According to Ray Fittipaldo of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Davis was fined $24,309 this week for his third quarter unnecessary roughness penalty stemming from a shot to the head of Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones.

You can see the hit by Davis on Jones below and while the safety might appeal his fine, it’s hard to imagine it will get rescinded. With that said, the fact that Davis only earns a weekly paycheck in 2017 of nearly $37,400 means that he’ll won’t have to pay the full $24,309 fine being as it exceeds 25% of his weekly pay.

This is now the second time that Davis has been fined during his young career as the Steelers second-year safety was previously fined $24,309 by the NFL for his fourth quarter hit on Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Chris Conley during last year’s Divisional Round playoff game.

On a somewhat related note, Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reports that neither Steelers center Maurkice Pouncey nor Lions defensive tackle A’Shawn Robinson were fined this week for their late-game rumble Sunday night. Robinson was ejected during the game’s final minutes for throwing punches as Steelers guard Ramon Foster following one of the final kneel-down plays to close out the contest. During that skirmish, Pouncey also landed an open-handed blow to the helmet of a Lions player.

  • razaard2

    That’s a joke. He didn’t even knock down the guy. I understand the rules but this shouldn’t be considered unnecessary roughness. Stupid rules

  • D.j. Hoy

    Wasn’t this the “hit on a defenseless receiver”? Such a BS call.

  • capehouse

    Be nice if he just tried to make the tackle instead of the big hit.

  • nikgreene

    I can understand this being a penalty on the field. The game is fast and the refs aren’t going to catch everything. That said, in review you can see that he leads with his shoulder and the only reason he makes helmet to helmet contact is because Jones lowers his head too.

  • Phil Brenneman II

    Leads with his shoulder, receiver ducks into the hit. This is why I absolutely despise these rules. I understand protecting the players but the defender gets penalized and fined for something that was as much or more the offensive players fault.

    All that being said, Davis needs to wrap up and make the tackle there.

  • Intense Camel

    24,000 for this…


    12,000 for kicking???


  • Dan

    Sometimes my kids hurt other kids during play. They protest it was an accident. But if they aren’t perfectly careful to avoid hurting somebody, they still get punished. Just the way it is.

    Gotta be conscious to protect your bothers on the field…even if they are wearing the wrong colors.

  • John Noh

    Dave, do you know what that Lions player got fined for his hit on Jesse? That looked way more egregious and intentional than Sean’s hit.

  • 太阳三联

    Even when I played in my younger days I never understood people who duck their heads. It’s like asking to get knocked TF out. Dumb AF. I think I played too much street ball cus nobody ducking into hits with no gear. Like you’d rather protect your shoulders/bicep/forearm over your fxcking brain ?!?! I was thinking this even in my mini league days

  • falconsaftey43

    Your last sentence is the view of the league. If he wraps up instead if going for a kill shot, it is a non-issue. That is why they do not care that the offensensive player moved.

    I actually thought it was long enough after the catch to no longer be defenseless, but that is another conversation.

  • WilliamSekinger

    Travesty, cause the receiver initiates the helmet to helmet contact by lowering his head into Davis. The receiver should be fined IMO.

  • Matt Manzo

    That was my first thought, too!

  • PA2AK_

    Wrap. Up.

  • John Noh

    Found it. It was Quandre Diggs and he was fined $24,309 as well.

  • Zombie Nixon

    So how much did Vontez Burfict get fined for kicking a running back after he was down? NFL is a train wreck…

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  • Alex K

    Looks to me like Davis came in with his head low and the WR ducked INTO his helmet to be the lower guy. The WR is just as culpable if not more over the helmet contact.

    It’s a scenario the defensive player can’t win. Both players have reasons to duck and try to get low. This isn’t even close to headhunter. Even if this was a lions player tackling a steeler wr I wouldn’t consider it a foul.

  • Wayne Padgett

    Not only that he didn’t knock the guy down or shook him up the receiver lowered his head in which resulted in the helmet to helmet collision. The rule needs to change because these kinds of hits are unavoidable and all its doing is taking money away from the players. It’s not protecting anyone.

  • razaard2

    I couldn’t have said it better myself

  • razaard2

    This could be Vontaze tackling the late Dan Rooney and I wouldn’t think it’s a foul

  • razaard2

    No one should be fined. When you get tackles you lower your head. The helmet is the strongest part of the players body, that’s how you learn to defend yourself.

  • razaard2

    That’s actually how you defend yourself. Just look at running backs. The helmet is the strongest part of the players body. The danger is when you don’t expect the hit and the neck is flacid, so the hit shakes your brain

  • Paul Rainey

    It is no wonder fans are getting sick of the NFL. Davis gets fined twice as much for a football play as Burfict does for a blatant kick to a players head. What a joke these clowns are.

  • Truth Dispensary

    Turns to the left in an attempt to hit with shoulder as WR lowers & leads with his head, helmets barely touch…mostly shoulder on shoulder. The NFL is absolutely stupid these days…Bubble Wrap w/ Flag Football anyone?

  • Truth Dispensary

    He didn’t make a “big hit”…it was halfhearted & already too tame, at most

  • Rob S.

    The lead really has to put some onus on the offense of players to protect themselves in this situation. First, Jones is obviously no longer a defenseless receiver because clearly he has the time to try and protect himself. How does he try and protect himself? By lowering his head and shoulder into the oncoming hit. If An offense of player doesn’t have any time to react after making a catch, I get it, the defense has to do a better job of hitting the midsection. But when a Defender tries to go for the midsection and the runner lowers his head, it’s really any unfair ask.

  • Greg Walker

    Was the Loins player who crowned Jessie James in the chin fined ?

  • pittfan

    Just tackle the guy.

  • walter

    The lions player ducked his head last second. This is not fair at all.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Stupid. Both players lower helmets and only 1 gets fined. Savvy WR’s can craw a flag any time by simply turtleing at last second under these ludicrous rules.

  • #beatthepats

    goodell biased against steelers, how bout the three step late hit on ben, and where is the fine for the hit on jesse james. I hope he gets fired.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    Nobody on this team seems to wrap up, which leads me to believe that it either not being taught or not being enforced.

  • Marcel Chris Chauvet

    His intention is clearly to lead with the shoulder. That being said, I wish he’d wrap up and drive through the ball carrier.

  • RMSteeler

    If he used his arms it wouldn’t be an issue. Also, maybe not a missed tackle. At the goal line, the guy would have scored.

  • Alan Tman

    The guy should have been a runner by then. He took three or four steps!!

  • Applebite

    They’re not even trying anymore…

  • Applebite

    The difference between an actual football related move, and something closer to the WWE….perhaps Davis should have just drop kicked the receiver?

  • MC

    Should not even been a penalty!!! I was livid when they flagged this. The receiver was definitely a runner by then.

  • PA2AK_

    Interesting. I was always taught when I got lit up I should have kept my head on a swivel and put myself in a better position. Worry about not hurting the other guy and he’s gonna hurt you.

  • PA2AK_

    hurts my brain every time

  • ND_Steel

    And there you go…given up on understanding or being surprised by the NFL fine process. Doesn’t really matter anyways.

  • Rick Rineer

    Kiko Alonso from the Dolphins was only fined $9K for his hit on Flacco. I just don’t understand the rules? Flacco almost loses his head but the Lions receiver doesn’t even go down?

  • will

    And Burfict was fined how much for kicking Nix?

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  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    While I agree we do want them to separate player from the ball.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Thought it was a solid hit, plus someone below said the ball carrier was a runner by then. I agree.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    I think because Davis is a repeat offender. I don’t remember Kiko ever getting fined.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    You can see that Davis goes lower and the ball carrier then lower his head.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Yeah that hit was super high!

  • John Pennington

    Maybe this off season he and Burns will learn how to tackle.

  • pcantidote

    He led with the shoulder and the receiver wasn’t defenseless, he had taken steps after the catch and ducked because he saw the hit coming. Ducked right into Davis’ path. Ridiculous.

  • James Lee

    Where do they get these numbers? $24,309? “Well, let’s not make it an even $25k since he did include his shoulder pads… let’s round it out to an even $24,309” WTF?

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    The fines were set a couple seasons ago and go up by a small percentage each season resulting in the funny looking numbers.

  • Beaver Falls Hosiery

    Kiko had only been penalized 4-5 times prior and never fined.

  • SkoolHouseRoxx

    Yeah he’s pretty much a straight shooter. One of the reasons I didn’t call him dirty after that hit.

  • James Lee

    Ah, thanks for the clarification.