Jasper Brinkley fined $21K for helmet-to-helmet hit

By Gil Alcaraz IV
Jasper Brinkley
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It was announced on Friday that the NFL has fined Minnesota Vikings linebacker Jasper Brinkley a hefty $21,000 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Detroit Lions wide receiver Calvin Johnson this past Sunday.

Although Brinkley’s hit moved the Lions down to the Minnesota two-yard line where they eventually punched it in for six, the Vikings still managed to come away with a notch in the win column. While the Vikings improved to 6-4 on the season, the Lions fell to a disheartening 4-5 and are on the cusp of calling it a year.

Brinkley’s big fine, however, wasn’t the only one handed down as a result of Sunday’s showdown.

Vikings strong safety Mistral Raymond landed himself in hot water after he was flagged for a late hit on Lions running back Mikel LeShoure. The penalty earned him a $7,875 slap to the checkbook. Lions wide receiver Ryan Broyles also got a $10,000 fine for an illegal crack-back block on Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield. At the end of the day, a total of $38,875 in fines was collected between the two teams.

The Vikings’ defense has already earned itself one of those $21,000 fines earlier in the year when rookie free safety Harrison Smith belted San Diego Chargers wide receiver Mike Willie in the noggin during the preseason. Smith was also docked a sum of $15,750 back in October for a horse-collar tackle on Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III. Luckily for the 2012 No. 29 overall pick and his bank account, he signed a $7.13 million contract earlier this year that included a $3.63 million signing bonus.

Brinkley and Raymond are now walking with lighter wallets, but at least the Vikings came away with a win.

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