During the Vikings week 4 game against the Pittsburgh Steelers, safety Harrison Smith was flagged for a 15 yard personal foul for a hit to tight end Heath Miller’s head during the third quarter. Although Smith may be facing a fine from the league for the hit, he claims that the hit wasn’t done to try to hurt the opposing player.
”Heath Miller had a knee injury last year, right? And as a player, as a fan, I know that. I don’t want to hit him in the knee. I want to hit him in a good area. I try to keep my head out of it. I didn’t launch, and I don’t really know what else to do. There was a play later where I hit him lower, and I didn’t want to do it, but I had to. That might have made him mad. Ultimately, we’re trying to win the game. It’s just — it’s tough. I really don’t know what else to do in that situation. They told us even if they lowered their head, if you make contact with the helmet, that’s a fine. But that’s pretty unreasonable, in my opinion.” -Harrison Smith
Harrison Smith is no stranger to the NFL’s reprocussions. In his rookie season in the league, Smith was fined for both a horse collar-tackle ($15,750) and a helmet-to-helmet hit ($21,000). It will be interesting to see what kind of action is taken against the hard-hitting safety as a result of this most recent hit. Smith should be prepared for a hefty fine or possibly a suspension since he is a repeat offender.