Aug. 30, 2012; Glendale, AZ, USA; Denver Broncos safety Rahim Moore against the Arizona Cardinals during a preseason game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-US PRESSWIRE
During the Broncos victory vs the Steelers, Broncos safety Rahim Moore took an unneccesary roughness penalty on Emmanuel Sanders with what was called a head to head shot. Sanders was falling to the ground trying to make a difficult catch. Moore dove in to break up the probable completion and both heads collided. It was a 15 yard penalty and there was much speculation that there would be some sort of fine.
Jeff Legwold from the Denver Post reports that Moore has been fined $21,000 for the hit.
This is the second fine Moore has received in his two year career. In the 2011 pre-season, Rahim Moore blasted a Buffalo Bills receiver Donald Jones with another head shot that resulted in a $20,000 fine.
Moore had the following to say about the hit:
It's always something in my hits. It's always, like "Oh it didn't look like it, and I hope they don't fine me, but they can't take the win from us, and that's all that matters. It's one of those things where you really can't pre-judge it. It's instinct. You react to the man and you try to make the play. I came from the other side of the field. I was flying in so fast and I was trying to close on the ball just do what my coaches wanted me to do and just close on the ball. I don't play the game to hurt anybody. I like to play it right and play it fair.
In my opinion, it was a questionable fine. I understand why they called it at the time. The speed of the play made it look devastating but in all fairness to Moore, when Sanders was falling, Moore did not have much else option but to go low to make the hit.
Moore will have to be careful in the future because another hit to the head could result in a big money fine and a hearing with the Commish.