Sep 15, 2013; Philadelphia, PA, USA; San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd (80) carries the ball during the second quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Chargers defeated the Eagles 33-30. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Demeco Ryans Fined For Hit On Malcom Floyd

Philadelphia Eagles DeMeco Ryans has been fined $21k for his hit on Malcom Floyd. They are calling the hit on a defenseless receiver and a hit to his head/neck area. Why wasn’t there a flag on the play?

I know that Malcom was hurt pretty bad on the play, but I don’t know what Ryans could have done differently on that play. Malcom did duck his head down after making the grab and his head was smashed.

it is a tough play to call, but I am sure the injury to Malcom factored in on the decision here. It actually is a little surprising that he was fined on the play.

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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Thats a tough one, Ryans didn’t do anything wrong. Also because a flag was not thrown on that play did any of you guys think it was a fumble? He did catch it turn lower the head then fumble after going limp.

    • Ernie Padaon

      i definitely thought it was a fumble

    • Brandon Reisinger

      I think it’s 2 steps to establish yourself as a runner is it not?

    • Calman21

      I didn’t think it was a fumble. Floyd had not yet made a move…he was still in process of catching and getting his feet under him. He was actually pulled into Ryan during the tackle.

  • Stefanie Smith

    If there was an available alternative to Demeco Ryans’ choice to darn near kill Malcolm Floyd, then yes, he should be fined. Some of these guys are going down or out of bounds anyway and some goof pumped up on steroids does it on purpose–to hurt the opponent–literally end his career.

    Well, I hope Demeco Ryan is happy with his “clean” hit.

  • Brandon Reisinger

    I’ve been thinking all week we we’re gonna see this fine at some point. It should have be a flag too. He had not established himself as a runner. I don’t believe he even took a step. Certainly not intentional on Ryan’s part. But these are the rules now and we have seen plenty of fines handed out to other players for hits just like this one. Not a shock at all to me

  • Peter Thompson

    Wow… I hated seeing that play, but I don’t think they should have fined him. On another note, did anyone see that play last night where Jamal Charles lead with the crown of his helmet, hit the Eagle defender’s helmet, and Charles’ helmet flew off? I wonder if there will be a fine on that one too. To me, it looked just like that play that they had on repeat of Trent Richardson drilling that other player from the Eagles last year. No call was made, and Mayock said it was legal… but, if it was legal, I’m not sure I understand what illegal looks like for that rule, in that case.

    • Stefanie Smith

      Jackie Battle just got fined for that this week- $21k. For this leading with the helmet stuff. I have no idea why I always get Eddy Royal and Jackie Battle mixed up.

    • Michael

      looks like we are headed to a future of ,,,NFL GRIDIRON. flag football,,,

    • Calman21

      I believe they said he was in the tackle box so it was okay.

      • Peter Thompson

        Got it. Thanks for the imput.

  • Aaron Johnson

    Im glad no flag was thrown but im a little confused as to the fine. I didnt see it as a dirty or illegal hit based on Floyd moving his head into position to be hit. It was an unfortunate injury and I am glad it wasn’t more serious but Ryans didnt seem to break a rule, in my opinion.

  • PakMaN

    They need to clean the injuries which occur in the middle of the field. Most players stay out of the middle for this very reason. Makes me wish we still had Steven Gregory, he was our baby Pollard.

    • Peter Thompson

      I saw him make a few good plays in the Jets / Pats game last week.

  • Stefanie Smith

    Hey, I don’t remember, but did that guy that shoved Rivers back to the ground – Cox? get a penalty or anything for that? Remember-when Rivers put his arm out and the guy pushed him back down?

    • steve

      did you see the play? he didn’t shove anyone. and in regards to ryans, was he supposed to move and let Flyod go? Ryans didnt even hit him, Floyds head colided with Ryan’s chest.

    • Steve
      • NativeSanDiegan

        The reason Philip is on the ground is because right before this and after the play was over, Cox forcefully shoved Philip to the ground right in front of the official. The game had gotten out of the official’s control by this point.

  • Stefanie Smith

    What could Ryans have done differently? Not try to break Malcolm’s neck… Out of all the tricks they have in their defensive repertoire, he had no other alternative?

  • Calman21

    I don’t really blame Ryan much. Shit does happen in football. Looked like more of a bad accident to me than a cheapshot. He was defenseless and his head was being forced down by the other DB but it didn’t look malicious to me.

    • Ernie Padaon


  • Cgoodness13

    That eagles are the new raiders let’s be honest, that team is full of criminals and felons

  • C.Steele

    Ernie I’n not sure why your surprised there was a fine. I’m surprised there wasn’t a flag on the play to boot! The league has been preaching no helmet to helmet contact, and no HITTING OF DEFENSELESS RECEIVERS for a couple years now. Malcom was defenseless. He didn’t have an opportunity to protect himself. Or maybe he did a little bit. He did duck his head. Um, I think I have typed myself into some doubt. Whatever the case, I didn’t like it!So I’m good with the fine & wanted the flag ;) #GoBolts!

    • Ernie Padaon


  • Santee Jack

    A few things the NFL took into consideration:

    It would appear that the play did happen very fast but Floyd
    was already wrapped up and in the process of going down. Hence, the
    defenseless player ruling. Furthermore, Ryans made no attempt to slow
    down or avoid contact. In fact, Ryans unnecessarily swung his padded
    shoulder to Floyds head, adding additional force to the hit. The NFL stated that Ryans “struck a defenseless player in head and neck area with his shoulder.” Note the NFL said struck, not made contact. That is the difference.