ESPN – The NFL fined Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree $18,231 for his controversial hit on Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore in Sunday’s AFC wild-card game, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Dupree, who received a penalty for roughing the passer on the play, told ESPN he likely will appeal the fine.
With 7:16 left in the second quarter of the Steelers’ victory, Moore took a vicious upper-body shot from Dupree as he was throwing on the run. Moore was shaken up but sat out only one play, prompting an NFL Players Association investigation into the Dolphins’ protocol.
Dupree said after the game he did not intend to hurt Moore and was simply trying to bring him down. Several Dolphins players tried to incite Dupree, who said he was ready for a fight.
Dupree missed the first 10 games of the season with an injured groin but has five sacks in his past seven games. He says he’s still not all the way back to full strength.
“I’ve got three games to get there,” said Dupree, whose Steelers play the Kansas City Chiefs in Sunday’s divisional playoff.
I gotta be honest, I think Goodell went a little soft on Dupree here. Dupree fucking obliterated Matt Moore with this hit. If this was James Harrison and not Bud Dupree, you can bet your ass that Harrison would be suspended for like three years. Then, he’d come back and play again because he’s Debo, and he ages like a fine wine.
I mean, this hit looked like a high speed car crash where cops should’ve showed up to pronounce Moore DOA. Maybe one of the biggest hits I’ve ever seen with my own eyes in my young 26 years. Quick funny story – I happened to be watching the game with my dad downstairs at my parents’ house. When I saw this hit I let out a big old “OHHHHHH” while my dad was taking a nap next to me on the love seat. Needless to say, my reaction startled the shit out of him, which prompted him to call me a jackoff. Then, he went back to sleep after watching the replay because the game was a snooze fest. Good times.
As for Matt Moore, there’s not a chance in hell that he’s still not concussed from this hit. The guy’s head spun around like a child smashing a piñata with a baseball bat. Just brutal. Before you know it, Miami is going to get fined like ten million dollars for not following the concussion protocol correctly. I’m not a doctor, but there’s no way you can tell if somebody has a concussion or not with a quick two minute evaluation right after a hit. Matt Moore’s brain was scrambled eggs and Miami and their doctors knew it.