Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie Fined $21,000 For Hit On Byron Leftwich

PHILADELPHIA, PA - NOVEMBER 07: Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie #23 of the Philadelphia Eagles catches a pass during practice before playing against the Chicago Bears at Lincoln Financial Field on November 7, 2011 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been fined $21,000 for his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich.

Philadelphia Eagles defensive back Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has been fined $21,000 for his hit on Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Byron Leftwich in the preseason game between the teams on Aug. 9.

Rodgers-Cromartie thought his hit (see below) on Leftwich was a clean one, but the NFL deemed the play which was flagged for unnecessary roughness, worthy of the league's minimum fine. The total amount itself is a five percent increase over the 2011 total due to terms found in the newest Collective Bargaining Agreement.

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As you can see in the footage, Rodgers-Cromartie leaves his feet and hits Leftwich high on the play as the quarterback is releasing the ball.

Although the Eagles won the game, 24-23, Rodgers-Cromartie was penalized on the play and the 15-yard flag kept the drive alive. The Steelers eventually scored a touchdown on the drive to put them up 10-0 in the second quarter.

For more coverage of the Eagles, visit our blog Bleeding Green Nation or SB Nation Philly. For more coverage of the Steelers, visit our blog Behind The Steel Curtain or SB Nation Pittsburgh.

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