Curtis Lofton fined $15,000 for hit on Colston

Bears running back Kahlil Bell (32) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards, right, and linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. AP

Bears running back Kahlil Bell (32) is tackled by Atlanta Falcons defensive end Ray Edwards, right, and linebacker Curtis Lofton (50) the second half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. AP

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons middle linebacker Curtis Lofton was fined by the league for a hit on New Orleans Saints wide receiver Marques Colston on Friday.

Lofton was penalized on the second-quarter play for unnecessary roughness. Colston was deemed a defenseless player.

Lofton leads the team with 153 tackles, according to coaches’ film review stats.

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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197 comments Add your comment

nobody special

December 30th, 2011
7:40 pm

What about the Saint’s player who busted our TE in the back?

Firsttimer

December 30th, 2011
7:51 pm

where is the fine for the hit on Reggie Kelly? NFL is so inconsistent & bias it stinks.

Preston Thompson

December 30th, 2011
7:54 pm

Like they said last night on a college game, if that’s penality, I’d pass every down.

This referee and penality crap has gotten out of control. Plain silly. What’s happened to football?

cb795

December 30th, 2011
8:04 pm

I guess there is only four teams in the NFL Green Bay, Saints, Patriots and for good mearsures throw the Saints in there again. Well at least the meat wagon didn’t take Kelly off the field after that hit,

Michael M.

December 30th, 2011
8:04 pm

You have got to be kidding me….the NFL is going bonkers I tell ya ! This is absurd as it gets !

1danielbell

December 30th, 2011
8:09 pm

Appeal that one.

Crappy Call!

December 30th, 2011
8:13 pm

H O R R I F I C____________call! Brutal!

Joe

December 30th, 2011
8:19 pm

Fined for hitting somebody hard? He wasn’t DEFENSELESS!!!!!!!!!!! He had caught the ball alredy. My goodness the NFL is lame.

Michael M.

December 30th, 2011
8:24 pm

If the fans stopped buying the tickets and give the NFL empty stadiums they would stop some of this baloney..guaranteed !

Bro

December 30th, 2011
8:40 pm

IT IS TIME FOR FLAG FOOTBALL IN THE NFL.

Bro

December 30th, 2011
8:41 pm

Hit them anytime, anywhere, you will be fined anyhow.

DDawg10

December 30th, 2011
8:44 pm

It’s football where people get hit and sometimes hurt. The hit should be legal. If you are penalizing and fine hits as receivers are catching the ball, then loose the pads and give the players flags. Give the quarterback pink not contact jersey. AWFUL call and then then next series not calling the hit in the back on White as the ball arrived. Let the players play.

Michael M.

December 30th, 2011
8:49 pm

Hey D-Led ?…………Do you have anymore crazy surprises in your editor’s bag for us today ?

hind tit

December 30th, 2011
9:10 pm

Look at the replay Colston had squared his shoulders to head down field clearly showing that he seen Lofton and was ready for the hit were as Kelly was facing Ryan receiving the ball when he was hit in the lower back that caused his head, neck and upper back to violently whiplash. if league officials would compare these two hits and be fair in their call they would have to drop this fine. It’s plain the officials on the field did not get these two plays right and should be fined for their lack of judgement. Either call the game fair or do away with the rule.

Michael M.

December 30th, 2011
9:15 pm

Its the ” New World Order ” of NFL Football……….the Sport will never be the same as we know it and the Zebras are turning into the Gestapo Manifesto ……sounds strange but probably true or that’s some other words used to describe their version of so called player safety for the Teams they pick to be the heavy hitters ( favorites ) .

dean

December 30th, 2011
9:42 pm

Enter your comments here

Mikey

December 30th, 2011
9:46 pm

I really can’t tell anymore what hit is legal and I don’t think most of the players can either. Its absurd. Maybe they will give the defensive players little butterfly nets to catch the ball carriers. That way a running back or receiver should be able to play into their mid-90s without ever upsetting their mommy. I hate to tell someone’s mother but the thing I like about football is that it is for tough guys; not wimps. Dancing is a contact sport. Football is a collision sport and that’s the way it should be.

Stumpknocker

December 30th, 2011
9:47 pm

I’m losing interest fast for NFL football. I swear the officials are biased. If the Lofton call was illegal, what about the hammering TE Kelly took in the middle of the back? It’s a wonder Kelly wasn’t seriously injured.

Firsttimer

December 30th, 2011
9:48 pm

The National Fruitcake League has to have a website where fans can voice their opinions. Does anybody know if this is the case? If so, football fans should bombard their website to express our displeasure with 1. These inconsistent fines and penalties, and 2. The favortism shown by the league and officials for the so called elite teams. We should blow up their website not just in Atlanta but around the country. I am going to search for a way to express my opinion and hope many more fans will join me. It’s time to end this madness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

jay

December 30th, 2011
9:51 pm

How bout the hit on Roddy? He was defenseless and was cut down across the middle – then the Reggie Kelly hit was more with the crown of the helmet than Lofton – Lofton turned his head to the side at the last moment before he hit him – remember, it was Bree’s night and I think that has a bearing, even in the official’s mind

Firsttimer

December 30th, 2011
10:00 pm

roger.goodell@nfl.com for anybody who cares to express themselves to the commish. I am sending an email after this post.

Rollo Lawson

December 30th, 2011
10:10 pm

What about some type of fine for the referee who botched the holding call in the end zone on Abraham. Let the league provide an explanation on that one.

Michael M.

December 30th, 2011
10:12 pm

NFL Public Relations at 1-212-450-2000 (you may have to leave a message in voicemail)

Unless you have some serious connections, you can’t.

1-800-roger goddell

555-5426

impossible unless you actually know the guy

rgoodell@nfl.aol.com

First, get drafted into the NFL. Next, commit a felony of some sort. Chances are, he will then contact you.

Michael M.

December 30th, 2011
10:16 pm

He is like an elite how can you sayyyyyy…………….above us lowlife dwellers , meaning anything below a million a year income wise we are non-existent! …………………get my drift ?

kerryb

December 30th, 2011
10:23 pm

This is completely BS. If you look at the replay of that play Colston caught the ball turned and looked at Lofton before he was hit and Lofton didn’t lead with his head. QB’s like Drew Brees can run up passing yardage and stats because the rules against defensive play are a joke. When a WR has no fear of going over the middle of the field and catching a ball you see what you saw Monday night. Receivers know they can’t get hit or there will be a fine or suspension so they are taking advantage of it. I guess before long they will be playing flag football in the NFL.

Michael M.

December 30th, 2011
10:26 pm

or try to do a petition at Change.Org I think it is and get millions to sign it ………..may get his attention.

david

December 30th, 2011
10:32 pm

The NFL is becoming a league of Pvssy’s and is extremely inconsistent.

Michael M.

December 30th, 2011
10:37 pm

That particular penalty on that play in the Saints – Falcons game wouldn’t have changed the out come though………………..I am just waiting to see if they have a penalty play in the playoffs that cause the better team to lose the ballgame and be done and gone home on something stupid that results in another team getting a score and moving on in the playoffs…………now that friends would be a horrible deed and a letdown also !

JoFo

December 30th, 2011
10:42 pm

The ref that made this obviously bogus call needs some new glasses, the fine needs to be cancelled and the ref needs to be fined or make a public apology! This really was a horrible call! A few minutes after this call even the announcers noticed “no difference” in a hit made by a sAINTS player on one of the FALCONS which had no penalty called! :(

Firsttimer

December 30th, 2011
10:43 pm

Michael M-
The petition sounds great. It probably will be like throwing a rock in the ocean to get a ripple effect, but, at least I will have expressed myself. If i attempted to e-mail him I would probably get fined. I tell you they are literally destroying the greatest game on earth.

phil

December 30th, 2011
10:46 pm

Mike Smith is to blame for the fine. He should pay it.

phil

December 30th, 2011
10:48 pm

Stay away from the games….that will get attention. Nothing else will.

Michael M.

December 30th, 2011
11:01 pm

He is still getting blamed on that 4th and inches call back earlier in the year from the first Saints Contest……………..cracking up out here, lol…………..nothing like the older days…………..” Its a conspiracy I tell you “…………………………………………just joking on that part

Michael M.

December 30th, 2011
11:04 pm

Lets see what just happens in these upcoming playoff contest………………something big probably will go down and there will be a real stink about it out of fans and most everyone alike.

Michael M.

December 30th, 2011
11:19 pm

Before it is all over with the only ” Real Football Game ” you will ever see , is the kids in the backyard playing and then you going to have to be the ” Zebra” to break up the fights ………lmao…………..ohhhhhhhhh I am so outta here !

Good night !

Great Falconi

December 30th, 2011
11:32 pm

Hits to the back are not penalized. Hits to the head are.

The Truth

December 30th, 2011
11:48 pm

Flagged for playing defense. The NFL will not be satisfied until they get the scores approaching 100 points each. “Thou shalt not touch an offensive player”!

JSS

December 31st, 2011
12:02 am

Falcons fans united under your new banner!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxtPRF6NG7I

extremus

December 31st, 2011
12:24 am

This is where not being able to criticize the officials gives those guys WAY too much power for the game’s own good. Not only did Lofton’s hit on Colston not justify a fine; it didn’t even deserve a penalty. The replay clearly showed Lofton turning his helmet away so as not to bring it into Colston; it was a clean if hard hit.

And I agree with the above posts that ask what about the hit on Reggie Kelly; the guy’s lucky he didn’t end up paralyzed the way the Saints defender snapped his back from behind. If the NFL is going to have a double standard officiating with regard to its high profile teams and players (such as the Saints, Tom Brady, etc), then quite frankly they’re fast going to lose their credibility. Yeah, the Falcons played poorly in that blowout, but with officiating that one-sided the game may as well have been fixed.

Lofton has every right to appeal this fine AND win. And the NFL has some major discrepancy issues to fix with regard to team and player treatment.

extremus

December 31st, 2011
12:27 am

Scott Case would have layed Colston out, and in his day it probably would have been called a clean hit. Time to man up again, NFL!

Dav

December 31st, 2011
12:38 am

WHY WASN’T THE SAINTS PLAYER WHO HIT RODNEY GOING ACCROSS THE MIDDLE DURING GAME FINED? THESE REFS ARE EITHER TOO OLD TO KEEP UP WITH THE GAME OR THEM AND THE LEAGUE HAVE FAVORITES.

TBALL

December 31st, 2011
12:51 am

He made a football move when he put on the uniform.

CDOG

December 31st, 2011
1:28 am

THIS IS TERRIBLE TO DO THIS TO LOFTON JUST BECAUSE YOU HAD A BUNCH OF CHEATING OFFICIALS WHO HAD TO COME UP WITH AN EXCUSE FOR THEIR WRONG DOINGS ON THE FALCONS.KEEP BRINGING THE THUMP CURTIS.GOD WILL RIGHT ALL WRONGS DONE TO YOU.

SawThat1nce

December 31st, 2011
2:02 am

Hey! The Falcons were playing the saints, other teams aren’t allowed to hit the saints hard.
Don’t tell me the NFL doesn’t have the odds stacked in the saints favor.

David

December 31st, 2011
2:20 am

The call was complete BS. The fine is to back up the BS call. Not sure how they are going to back up the other BS calls that went on in that game.

P. Bull Terrier

December 31st, 2011
2:26 am

I have to disagree with everyone who thinks the hit on our TE Reggie Kelly should have resulted in a penalty or a fine. Just because a tackle hurts, or could have caused an injury, doesn’t mean it is dirty or illegal. What was the Saints player supposed to do, stand there and wait for Kelly to turn around before he tried to tackle him? A “no call” in that situation was the right call.

On the other hand, the call and the fine against Lofton is crazy. Colston made the catch, had both feet on the ground, and was starting to run toward the end zone before Lofton hit him. One more step and Colston would have been past Lofton and on his way to the end zone. If it is illegal to hit a receiver until he has control of the ball and is headed toward the end zone at full speed, how is any linebacker ever going to defend against a WR?

While the NFL is handing out fines, I would like to know what they decided to do about the flag that the refs waived off late in the game because the Saints called a screen pass in the huddle. I can’t recall seeing a worse call in any sport – ever. Its one thing for the refs to miss a call. That happens all the time. Its another thing to completely make up a new rule on national television and have the league and everyone outside of Atlanta just let it slide because it was clear the Falcons were going to lose the game anyway.

ohhhYEAH

December 31st, 2011
3:14 am

P Bull….

that was the point. thats what everyone is enraged about. people arent simply saying the hit on Kelley should have been penalized because it was a dirty hit. theyre stating that, per the “explanation” of the rule that Colston was defenseless, when he clearly had already caught the ball and covered up, theres no way on Gods green earth that the hit on Kelley should not have been called. where Colston at least got to cover up after the catch, Kelley was still in mid-air, arms extended and completely unprotected, yet that was somehow a clean hit. Kelley was tantamount more defenseless than Colston

Bud Wiser

December 31st, 2011
6:04 am

The way the NFL and the national media has cowtowed to New Orleans since Katrina is sickening.

It’s like the gift that keeps on giving.

The Saints are a very good team, no doubt, and they need no help to be good, but it is time to be fair, and the “NoFairLeague” is anything but.

falcon

December 31st, 2011
6:05 am

The call was BS. Matter of fact the officiating by Jeff Triplett’s crew was horrible. They missed an obvious offsides penalty on the Saints DT near the end of the 3rd quarter. There are 6 to 8 sweetheart teams in the NFL that seem to benefit from the officiating. I think the “League” tries in every way to insure that certain teams make the post season/Super Bowl. Is it rigged? IMO hell yes it’s rigged.

Just like a MLB umpire once told me about Barry Bonds. The leagues does not want us to call him out on a 3rd strike call. They want to see Bonds hit home runs. He admitted that Bonds had a special strike zone. They would not call him out.

tom

December 31st, 2011
6:41 am

Falcons coach thinks Ryan has reached the elite status. What a joke. Not even close. He has not reached the level he had in his rookie season since. Just cannot imagine how this statement can be made. This statement indicates it is time for Smith to be replaced as well as his entire staff. Falcons will not get to the second round of the playoffs again. Sad.