As expected, Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree has been fined for his illegal hit on Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore in Sunday’s Wild Card game, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
NFL fined Steelers' LB Bud Dupree $18,231 for striking Dolphins' QB Matt Moore in the head/neck area, per source. https://t.co/nczxByFsgc
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 12, 2017
While Dupree was reportedly fined $18,231 for his hit on Moore, that will likely be reduced to $6,750 pending an appeal as the CBA states that players cant be fined in excess of 25 percent of their weekly pay. Dupree made $27,000 for Sunday’s playoff game.
Dupree hit Moore in the head and neck ares during the second quarter of the Steelers game against the Dolphins after the quarterback had rolled out to his right and delivered a pass. Moore was knocked out of the game for just one play as a result of the hit.
While Dupree’s hit was illegal and resulted in an unnecessary roughness penalty, it did not appear to malicious as it was a bang-bang play.
Dupree reportedly said after the game he did not intend to hurt Moore.