Atlanta Falcons strong safety William Moore was fined $7,500 for a hit to the helmet he delivered during Tampa Bay's 16-13 victory on Sunday, but it wasn't for the hit most thought.
Moore was fined for hitting running back Earnest Graham in the helmet during a third-quarter play on Moore also was flagged for unnecessary roughness, not for what many considered a helmet-to-helmet hit against quarterback Josh Freeman in the fourth quarter.
An NFL spokesman said Friday he received information only about fines. He did not have details regarding Moore's hit on Freeman and could not comment on why Moore was not fined.
NFL rules state that once a quarterback decides to run with the ball he is no longer considered a defenseless player because he is now a runner.
Meanwhile, Bucs defensive tackle Brian Price was fined $7,500 for a head slap he delivered to a Falcons guard. Price considered his fine a badge of honor.
"I actually thought it was pretty cool,'' Price said. "I was kind of mad because I never heard of unnecessary roughness on a guard before, but I carried it around and showed everybody because I was pretty proud of myself.''
The fine was Price's first as an NFL player. He intends to appeal the fine in an effort to get it reduced or erased completely.
It won't alter the way he plays.
"It's football, not patty-cake,'' Price said. "I don't know what they want us to do – play two-hand touch or something? I'm always going to play the same and play tenacious. I'm not sorry for what I did. That's just the way I play.''