Redskins safety Deshazor Everett was fined a total of $48,000 for his hits on Brent Celek and Darren Sproles. Sproles will miss at least this Sunday’s game against the Ravens with a concussion.
“Some people want to say I’m a dirty player, but I know I’m not a dirty player,” Everett said following Thursday’s practice. “Anybody that knows me knows the type of person that I am. I just play the game physically. I’m not the biggest guy out there, so it’s not like I’m out there just taking shots on everybody. I’m just out there playing football the way I grew up playing football.”
Dirty player or not, his hits were over the line.
His blindside block of Celek knocked him out of the game and drew a 15 yard penalty.
The hit on Sproles was unquestionably illegal. Everett hit Sproles so early as Sproles attempted to field a punt that the ball landed on Everett’s back. He was penalized 15 yards for the hit.
The fines should not be reduced upon appeal. But with Keanu Neal’s fine for hitting a defenseless Jordan Matthews cut in half, Everett can have hope that despite the league preaching player safety his hits that injured two players will get reduced.