Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree delivered a big hit on Miami Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore in the second quarter of Sunday’s Wild Card game and it will now be interesting to see if the former first round draft pick is ultimately fined for it.
With 7:16 left in the second quarter, Moore escaped the Steelers pass rush to his right and shortly after getting rid of the football was hit near his chin and lower neck area by a quickly closing Dupree. The hit resulted in Moore being down on the ground quite a while.
Dupree was flagged for roughing the passer and after leaving the game for just one play, Moore was able to return and finished the game. Moore talked about the hit after Sunday’s loss and how he was able to get back on the field so quickly.
“I just got popped,” Moore said. “I just needed a second there. I got checked out. I felt fine. It was more of my jaw than anything else. I felt good. I came back in and I was fine. He got me pretty good.”
You have to hand it to Moore as he really took a bit shot from Dupree. Outside of his fumbles and interception, he really didn’t play poorly. Moore was sacked five times by the Steelers defense on Sunday on his way to throwing for 289 yards.
During his post-game press conference, Mike Tomlin was asked about Dupree being penalized for his hit on Moore.
“I’m not getting into that,” Tomlin said.
We’ll now wait and see if the NFL league office gets into Dupree’s weekly paycheck.
Several weeks ago, Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons had a big hit on Cleveland Browns quarterback Cody Kessler and while he was penalized on that particular play, he wasn’t fined.