FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons strong safety William Moore said he was fined by the league $7,500 on Wednesday.
Moore was fined for a helmet hit he placed on Tampa Bay running back Earnest Graham in the third quarter. On third-and-4 from Tampa Bay’s 36, Graham caught a short pass for a 5-yard gain. Moore came over to aid linebacker Sean Weatherspoon on the tackle and was called for unnecessary roughness on the play.
“It was called a late hit,” Falcons coach Mike Smith said on Monday, when asked if he thought Moore would be fined. “Again, whether he was a defenseless player, that will be something that I’m sure the League will determine but that was a personal foul, late-hit penalty is what they called it, not helmet-to-helmet.”
For the second week in a row, a Falcons’ defensive back has been fined by the league. Cornerback Dunta Robinson was fined $40,000 for a hit he put on Philadelphia receiver Jeremy Maclin, who was deemed a defenseless player.
“You see that the rules are changing, so we have to change with them,” Moore said. ”We have to continue to play physical. You can’t go out there and see how you are hitting a player. You just have to play fast and deal with it.”
Moore will have a tough assignment this week, going against Seattle tight end Zach Miller.
“He’s an explosive tight end,” Moore said. “If you’ve seen what he’s done in the past, you’ve got to respect him. He’s got great hands and is a great blocker. I’ve got my hands full this week.”
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog