Falcons cornerback Dunta Robinson was fined $50,000 for his hit on DeSean Jackson by the NFL on Tuesday.
Ray Anderson, the league’s executive vice president of football operations, is looking into ejecting and suspending players who make helmet-to-helmet hits in the future.
“Future offenses will result in an escalation of fines up to and including suspension,” Anderson wrote in a letter sent to Robinson.
Robinson, who suffered a concussion on the big hit he put on Philadelphia’s DeSean Jackson on Sunday, will not likely be cleared in time to play against Cincinnati.
“I think that we all know Dunta, he’s been in this league a long time,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said on Monday. “He’s a guy that plays the game very, very hard. That was a bang-bang play in terms of the contact. From my vantage point, it looked like there was no helmet-to-helmet contact. But it was a bang-bang play. I’m glad that both of those guys are going to be all right. It was a big time hit.”
The Falcons were off on Tuesday, but on Monday several players supported Robinson hit and thought it was within the league rules.
“This is a violent game,” defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux said. “Any tackle is never going to be perfect. We are always emphasizing to wrap up and take guys to the ground. When you are in the game and everything happens in a split second, you are just trying to get the guy down as quick as you can. It’s a reaction game. You’re not trying to hurt anybody out there. You want to see everybody do good and be healthy. We know injuries are going to happen.”
The Falcons don’t think they’ll be label as a dirty team.
“We are a clean team,” Babineaux said. “We play right. We do all of the things that are good for us to win out there.”
Robinson, a native of Athens, was signed to a $57 million ($25.5 million guaranteed) over the offseason. He played his first six seasons in the NFL with the Houston Texans.
The Falcons signed him to help improve their secondary, which finished 28th against the pass last season.