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NFL declines to fine Falcons S Keanu Neal after Achilles injury, unsportsmanlike conduct penalty


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Ryan Young
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Sep 28, 2019, 5:38 PM
 
 

Atlanta Falcons safety Keanu Neal suffered a season-ending Achilles injury on Sunday in a loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

To add insult to injury, officials hit him with an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty after he threw his helmet out of pain and frustration — something that gave the Colts an automatic first down and eventually a 20-3 lead.

On Saturday, though, the league took a step back. According to the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Neal will not face any penalty for his unsportsmanlike penalty.

 

 

 

Many expected that Neal would be hit with a fine this week, similar to the one Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Stefon Diggs received last week. Diggs was hit with a $10,527 fine after removing his helmet and taunting the crowd in Green Bay. While Neal’s helmet removal was completely different, the action was still the same — which technically is a violation of NFL rules.

The 24-year-old was placed on Injured Reserve on Monday. He recorded 113 total tackles in 2017, his second year in the league, marking the second-best total on the team. Neal tore his ACL last year in the season-opener, too, making his latest injury that much more devastating for the former first-rounder.

Regardless, the league made sure to spare Neal from an extra fine for a penalty many — including Colts tight end Eric Ebron, who actually confronted the officials after the flag was thrown last week — feel he never should have received in the first place.

“[I was upset] because they should never throw a flag on that,” Ebron said this week, via the Indianapolis Star. “I mean, we got free yards out of that, so I’m not tripping. It just [upset] me off that the referee was not acknowledging the fact that he got hurt.

“I understand you’re doing the job and throwing the flag, but don’t throw the flag and not give a ****. That’s what I was saying [to the officials.]”

 

 

 

https://sports.yahoo.com/nfl-will-not-fine-atlanta-falcons-safety-keanu-neal-achilles-injury-unsportsmanlike-conduct-penalty-indianapolis-colts-213823890.html

 
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8 minutes ago, Jpg428gggg said:

You guys were so upset that you accepted the penalty. It’s the nfl so I don’t expect many teams to decline it but would have been a cool gesture.

Pretty sure it's automatic.

25 minutes ago, ATLSlobberKnockers said:

Ebron is a solid dude. 

Yeah. Quinn was yelling at the refs too it turns out - just didn't show him doing it. I was frustrated with his attitude until I heard he had.

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Lol its over stop crying about it, theres nothing you can do now. The refs took emotion out of it and called it. If every ref took emotion into account there would be a lot of screwed finishes. Its the rule and a penalty and he broke the rule. Youve seen people take their helmets off the field and get penalized.

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54 minutes ago, caponine said:

Lol its over stop crying about it, theres nothing you can do now. The refs took emotion out of it and called it. If every ref took emotion into account there would be a lot of screwed finishes. Its the rule and a penalty and he broke the rule. Youve seen people take their helmets off the field and get penalized.

Go post this on Aintsreport.com

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56 minutes ago, caponine said:

Lol its over stop crying about it, theres nothing you can do now. The refs took emotion out of it and called it. If every ref took emotion into account there would be a lot of screwed finishes. Its the rule and a penalty and he broke the rule. Youve seen people take their helmets off the field and get penalized.

 

2 minutes ago, UnrealfalcoN said:

Go post this on Aintsreport.com

About time.

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13 hours ago, Francis York Morgan said:

Pretty sure it's automatic.

Yeah. Quinn was yelling at the refs too it turns out - just didn't show him doing it. I was frustrated with his attitude until I heard he had.

Please link to an article that states Quinn was yelling at the refs. If he was upset he must have gotten over it real quick because the camera was on Quinn and he was just doing that stare thing he does. You know the deer in the headlights look.

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13 hours ago, Emmitt said:

The NFL is 100% Grade A, HorseSh!T 

Im this close to turning this bullish!t off for good! MotherFlippen son of a b!tches! 

Nice to see that class from Ebron though. 

It’s not the players fault that the league is run by a bunch of jackazzes!!!!!

And I swear they just keep hitting new lows... Somebody start up another competitor pro football league. I promise I'll support it.

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