Weldon Brown fined for illegal hit on Reilly | CFL.ca | Official Site of the Canadian Football League

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TORONTO -- The Canadian Football League announced today that it has fined Saskatchewan Roughriders linebacker Weldon Brown for an illegal and dangerous hit to the head of Edmonton Eskimo quarterback Mike Reilly during last Saturday’s game.
As per league policy, the amount of the fine is not disclosed.


Fan Comments
Marshall T
As I Rider fan watching with others on TV we thought it was a nasty hit, and was surprised there was no 15 yards penalty for it, even during review. I love watching the Riders and all other CFL games, however this can't be acceptable from any member of the CFL. If the CFL felt it was punishable by fine I stand by them in that regard.
August 30, 2013 - 10:59am
This was a missed call - no question. I am more troubled with many of the 'roughing the passer' penalties where the hit is clean and the defensive player had no way of holding back from the hit. It seems that if the QB is tough enough, all he has to do is wait until the defensive player is committed, then throw the ball anywhere - 15 easy yards.
August 30, 2013 - 10:25am
All Brown had to do was not lead with his head. If he keeps his head up, the first contact is shoulder on shoulder. The only way to get these head injuries out of the game is to hold the hitter accountable.
August 30, 2013 - 10:01am
Let me guess - all the people on here calling "Foul" are Rider fans!
August 30, 2013 - 9:46am
It's kind of ironic that Reilly put his head down and ran like a fullback all night but one hit (yes it was to the head) and the D player gets fined. It seems a little unfair to the defense. If they really want to protect the QB then maybe there should be a rule that says the QB can't run the ball past the line of scrimmage.
August 29, 2013 - 8:08pm
The officials who missed that call (and many others) should be fined. Call the game fair boys. Eskimos would have won that game if that call was made.
August 29, 2013 - 7:45pm
As much as I agree with you about the outcome I disagree about fining refs. I would rather they miss stuff than call all the borderline judgements.
August 29, 2013 - 11:18pm
Edmonton was losing, but if the call was made, they would have won? No bias in that statement. The refs make mistakes throughout every game, and many of them could impact the game in the end. This was a miss for sure, and Edmonton MAY have been able to score again - or not.
August 30, 2013 - 10:15am
If this hit was called a penalty on the field, I doubt we'd see a fine. The game may have had a different final score too.
August 29, 2013 - 4:29pm
How are defensive players supposed to hit the quarterback? The targetable area is getting smaller and smaller. No way Brown meant to hit him in the head. A penalty should have been called, but a fine for accidental head contact is too much.
August 29, 2013 - 2:18pm
Hall for the Bombers seems to be getting to the QB without being fined. Riders lose that game if a penalty was called then, and I would love to hear the comments if that was Durant on the end of that hit.
August 29, 2013 - 5:33pm
I would say the same thing. Refs should of called a penalty, that would mean Eskimo ball and likely an Eskimo win. But the fine was too much.
August 30, 2013 - 9:24am
Mike S.
That kind of sucks as there is no way he did so intentionally. Now they are just going to make defenders scared to hit as they may get fined for incidental contact. But then they let McCallum off with the blatant tripping which could injure a player.
August 29, 2013 - 1:36pm
Donna O'Neil
I seen that too and they never called him either. He always seems to being stuff like that!!!!! That is tripping and he should have told about it!!!
August 30, 2013 - 8:20am
als rule
that's it just 1 player fined for an illegal hit? funny looked like more to me!!
August 29, 2013 - 1:17pm
als rule notta
Just cause ur old qb gets an eye injury or concussion every time he gets hit it is perceived to be an illegal hit by the refs doesn't mean that its illegal when any other qb in the league gets hit
August 29, 2013 - 2:45pm
easy now...
August 29, 2013 - 3:00pm
AR - You must have been watching the Montreal game. The partial hit to Reilly's helmut/head truly looked unintentional. Always negative comments...you never have anything nice to say. Sad commentary.
August 29, 2013 - 4:52pm