Nick Collins Warned For Incident, Fined For Hit
Green Bay Packers safety Nick Collins’ name has been floating around the league office a lot lately. Last week, Ray Anderson, the NFL’s executive vice president of football operations, warned Collins for his actions following a week 3 loss in Chicago that were “unbecoming of an NFL player.”
As Collins was leaving Soldier Field, he became engaged in a verbal altercation with a fan that culminated with Collins throwing his mouthguard at the fan. Collins contended that his actions were the results of the fan directing a racial slur at him. After a five-week investigation, the league decided to warn Collins rather than fine or suspend him for his actions.
This week, the NFL acted more swiftly and harshly. In a Sunday night victory over the Dallas Cowboys, safety Nick Collins was penalized for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Cowboys’ receiver Roy Williams. On Monday, the league issued Collins a $50,000 fine. Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network first reported the fine for a hit that “was deemed to violently and unnecessarily struck a defenseless receiver in the neck and head area with his helmet.”
Nick Collins and the Packers head into a bye this week before returning to prepare for the Minnesota Vikings on November 21.