The NFL announced on Monday evening that Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson has been fined $40,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on wide receiver Jeremy Maclin midway through the third quarter of Sunday night's game. The fine was increased from $25,000 since Robinson was a repeat offender, with the previous violation coming last year against the Eagles and DeSean Jackson.
NFL VP of Football Operation Merton Hanks said in a release issued by the league that Maclin was a defenseless player who did not have time to protect himself nor had he clearly become a runner. Maclin caught a 16-yard pass on the play when Robinson made the illegal hit which resulted in a 15-yard unnecessary roughness penalty.
"He's two-for-two now. Fortunately, it wasn't as bad as the hit on DeSean was last year," Maclin said after the game. "We'll see what (Commissioner) Roger Goodell has in store for him. The hit kind of shocked me at first, but I was all right."
Maclin returned to the game and continued a career night in which he caught 13 passes for 171 yards and scored two touchdowns.
Initially, Robinson was fined $50,000 for the hit on Jackson in 2010 which resulted in both players suffering a concussion. However, Robinson appealed and the fine was reduced to $25,000.
"I guess that's the type of player he is. He tries to go for the kill shot," Jackson said after Sunday night's game. "He got flagged for it. I'm glad Jeremy's OK, but you've got to move on. It's football, so it's part of the business."
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