Cowboys RB DeMarco Murray fined $21,000 for Illegal Hit on Damion Square

Ronald Martinez

DeMarco Murray's paycheck just got a little lighter.

Dallas Cowboys running back DeMarco Murray has been fined $21,000 for an illegal hit on Eagles rookie defensive tackle Damion Square. The hit took place during the Eagles division-clinching 24-22 win over the Cowboys on Sunday Night Football.

The play occured near midway through the first quarter. Cowboys QB Kyle Orton threw a short pass to Murray, who then proceeded to run up field. Square then tried to "tackle" Murray but was met by a rude awakening instead.

Here's a GIF of the play

There was no flag thrown for this play, but there easily should have been. Murray clearly lowered the crown of his helmet into the neck area of the defender. The NFL passed a rule prior to this season in order to prevent running backs from lowering their head and initiating contact with the crown of their helmets like this.

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