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New York Giants’ Linval Joseph Fined $7,875 for “Unnecessary Roughness” Against Redskins

December 8th, 2012 at 8:30 AM
By Dan Benton

The league announced on Friday that New York Giants defensive tackle Linval Joseph was fined $7,875 for his part in an on-field altercation Monday night against the Washington Redskins.

Following a fumble by Redskins running back Alfred Morris, a pile began to develop when offensive lineman Will Montgomery dove in rather violently and unnecessarily. As the whistle blew and officials attempted to determine who recovered the ball, Joseph grabbed the leg of Montgomery and started pulling him away from the pile – as you often see players do.

Montgomery took exception to what Joseph was doing and promptly kicked him, cleats up, in the leg. Angrily, Joseph lifted his leg as if he was going to retaliate, but decided against it.

"It took me everything not to hit him back because I didn't want to hurt the team," Joseph said Monday.

In addition to the $7,875 fine levied against Joseph, the NFL fined Montgomery $10,000 for his part in the skirmish. He plans to appeal.

"I think I have to protect myself," Montgomery said. “If the guy is dragging me across the ground and potentially twisting my ankle or whatever else, I’m not going to let the guy drag me across the ground. And I can’t push him, obviously, because I’m on the ground, so I used my leg to get him off me.”

If you're doing the math at home, kicking someone with your cleats out is only $2,125 more expensive than simply pulling someone off of a pile. Makes sense … right?

Meanwhile, neither Michael Boley nor Chris Canty were fined for their brutal hits on Robert Griffin III. Additionally, Rocky Bernard was not fined for his involvement in separate on-field skirmish.

Photo Credit: Mike Gannon

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15 Responses to “New York Giants’ Linval Joseph Fined $7,875 for “Unnecessary Roughness” Against Redskins”

  1.  Dirt says:

    Boys will be boys.

    Of course Montgomery is gonna act like he didn’t hurl 300 pounds into the pile many many seconds after the whiste, as if he wasn’t the most likely to injure someone.

  2.  James Stoll says:

    It is hard to understate the importance of tomorrow for the Giants playoff hopes. Although every team competing with them is flawed and likely to stumble further, the one we really have to watch is Seattle. Assuming the Bears have one WC slot locked up, the next best record if the season were to end today would be Seattle at 7-5. If we drop to 10-6 and Washington wins out, Seattle must lose 1 more game for us to edge them out. They have Arizona this week, followed by Bufalo, SF and St. Louis. Obviously, the Niner game is the one we all have circled. They should be fighting for the 2 seed still so no resting allowed and that is good.
    The Seahawks schedule certainly makes it appear that 9-7 will miss the tourney.

    •  Dirt says:

      LOL at anyone last week making up truly ridiculous reasons why the Washingston game wouldn’t be a must win.

    •  James Stoll says:

      Having said that, we should all be rooting for the Vikings this week over the Bears. The bears still have the Pack and an upset by the Vikes could drop them to 10-6 and open the other WC space to competition.
      The Vikes would still have the Pack and the Texans so they have virtually no shot in any event.

      •  James Stoll says:

        Another reason why 10-6 is a must to earn a WC is the Bucs
        They finish with the Eagles, Saints, Rams, Flacons.
        If we’ve beaten the Saints then not a single one of those games is tough. The falcons will obviously be resting.

  3.  kujo says:

    We ain’t winning this game tomorrow, fellas. I don’t care what the Saints record is, nor do I give a lick about where individual units of their team rank, relative to others in the league.

    What they have is going to be a mismatch for what we have. It isn’t “better” in an objective sense. It’s just not as good. Graham is going to crucify the middle of our defense, with or without Phillips. They’re going to motion Sproles around, setting him up against our somewhat athletic, but nowhere near as fast, linebackers. Aside from Colston, they’ve got nothing worth having at WR, but you can be sure some nobody is going to be get some big play off of Webster or Hosley.

    38-20 Saints.

    •  kujo says:

      It’s sort of like how the Redskins last year were not a BETTER team than us, nor were the individual units on their team any BETTER than ours. But it was just a matchup problem.

      •  James Stoll says:

        Until proven otherwise, have to agree.

        •  kujo says:

          I’ll be reposting this exact post in Week 17–the Eagles are NOT a better team than us, nor have they been in years past. However, they have our number, and so they’ll beat us until we beat them.

  4.  Krow says:

    I think we have to be honest and admit that there’s a motivational problem with the team.

    We come out flat way too often for our talent level. Sure, every team loses a game or two that they should win. But we seem to specialize in it. We’re never fired up until we hit the playoffs.

    I can’t really put my finger on the why. There’s a few possible factors though. Two Superbowls have to breed a little complacency. We don’t seem to have a lot of inspirational leader types. We lack physicality in several units. But these flat games … these slumps … you can call them. You know when they’re coming.

    Arghhhhh …

    •  rlhjr says:

      Agree 100 percent. If you have players who can play AND have the inner drive to prove it game in and game out you will still get uneven performances.
      But nothing like what you see going down here. Lack of pride and desire.

      No on-field leaders to be accountable to when you drag your a$$. The ball club needs talented motivated leaders ON the field. This team has talent, but they don not have to look eye to eye with a Carson, Taylor, Burt or Marshall when they don’t pull their weight. No Jumbos, no Williams Roberts, OJ Anderson or Bavaro. Guys who came to play every game.

  5.  rlhjr says:

    And when you have big athletic backers and linemen, you are able to overcome or at the very least offset those “match up” issues.

    When your O-line can run block, you can keep the ball and make those teams travel the long route vs your athletic defenders. Sometimes they convert, most times the offenses will fall short going a long field.

    Right now the Giants playing field position is futile given their shortcomings.
    They give up big plays on defense. They cant score when given the ball from thirty yards in on offense.

  6.  rlhjr says:

    Going back to Krows analysis of Wilson. I remember asking this question a few years ago. And at the time I think Norm told the legacy version of Giants draft process.

    The questions is who decides on what the Giants need in the draft? And then who determines how those players are used?

    There have been a few “round peg” “square hole” selections. Who has charge the grand design on offense and defense? Or does Reese simply get the best players he can find and hand them over to the coaching staff?

    “Here you go boy’s, see what you can do with this batch” !!!!!!!!!!?????

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