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Falcons safety fined for illegal hit on Josh Freeman



UPDATE, 7:43 p.m.: Earlier today, reports from Atlanta indicated William Moore was fined for hitting Josh Freeman on Sunday. Now, the story has been updated to clarify that Moore was, in fact, fined for an unnecessary roughness call on Bucs' running back Earnest Graham.

Moore was flagged for a 15-yard penalty when he hit Graham late.

The confusion arose when Moore said he was assessed a fine for a play that did not draw a penalty. The hit on Freeman that was in question did not draw a flag.

3:41 p.m.: Atlanta Falcons safety William Moore said today he was fined $7,500 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Bucs quarterback Josh Freeman.

In the closing moments of Sunday's victory over Atlanta, Freeman escaped the pocket and ran for 13 yards to the Tampa Bay 33. That's where he was met by the oncoming Moore, who plowed into Freeman with a head-first hit to Freeman's helmet.

No flag was thrown on the play, but Freeman got up and protested the hit while teammates rushed to his defense. The Raymond James Stadium crowd roared with its disapproval, too.

Moore, in comments to Atlanta reporters, seemed surprised.

"I didn’t get a flag on the play, so I thought it was a legal hit," he said, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I was just playing football. I'm a physical player and I like to play between the rules. That play right there, I don't agree with it, but I've got to suffer the consequences as far as following the rules.

"I was just playing full speed like I usually do."

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 28, 2011 7:45pm]


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