Even Chris Kluwe might think this is a little excessive. The NFL has fined Falcons’ WR Kerry Meier $20,000 for an illegal blindside block to the head area against the Vikings’ Cullen Loeffler. Kluwe tweeted earlier this week that he thought Meier’s shot, which put Loeffler out for the season, was cheap but legal. The NFL disagrees with Kluwe and has ruled that the block was over the line. The block was not flagged by officials during the game. Loeffler’s injury was not to the head but the lower back.
Once again the NFL proves itself perhaps over-zealous in enforcing its safety-first policies. Meier’s hit was borderline but even if it went a tad over the line, it certainly didn’t warrant a $20,000 fine. Maybe Kluwe will be willing to testify on Meier’s behalf at his appeal hearing. Or maybe not.