Philadelphia Eagle linebacker DeMeco Ryans was issued a $21,000 fine on Friday for a hit he delivered to San Diego Chargers receiver Malcolm Floyd the other week. Thankfully, Floyd was able to fly home with the team and has plans to return to the field in about a month, but seeing him prone and motionless on the field before being carted off was certainly a terrifying moment of San Diego fans.
Ryans was fined because he, according to Pro Football Talk, “hit a defenseless receiver in the head and neck with his shoulder.” Some fans have argued, however, the there was no obvious malice behind Ryans’ hit, pointing out that Floyd appeared to lower his head before contact was made. (For those who want to see the play for themselves, you can check it out in GIF-form here.)
Still, regardless of what team you root for, we can hopefully all agree that it is good to hear that Floyd appears to be recovering quickly from what initially looked like a very nasty hit. Our best wishes are with Floyd as he gets himself ready to take the field again.
[Source: Pro Football Talk]