Wallace fined for hit on Simms
Carolina Panthers defensive lineman Al Wallace was fined $7,500 by the NFL for his hit on Chris Simms in the Panthers' 26-24 win Sunday.
Bucs coaches believe that hit, which occurred late in the fourth quarter, may have caused Simms' spleen to rupture. Simms was taken to St. Joseph's Hospital after the game where his spleen was removed.
The league cited Rule 12, Section 2, Article 12(2) of the NFL Official Playing Rules: "A rushing defender is prohibited from committing such intimidating and punishing acts as 'stuffing' a passer into the ground or unnecessarily wrestling or driving him down after the passer has thrown the ball, even if the rusher makes his initial contact within the one-step limitation … When tackling a passer who is virtually in a defenseless posture (e.g. during or just after throwing a pass), a defensive player must not unnecessarily and violently throw him down and land on top of him with all or most of the defender's weight. Instead, the defensive player must strive to wrap up or cradle the passer with the defensive player's arms."
There was no penalty called on the play, but in fining Wallace the league agreed with the Bucs that the hit was illegal and should have resulted in a roughing the passer penalty.
Also Friday, it was revealed Bucs safety Will Allen was fined $5,000 for taunting against the Panthers. Allen was called for a taunting penalty during the game.
— RICK STROUD, Times staff writer
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