When Washington Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo was flagged for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Michael Vick during a game last Sunday, even the TV announcers seemed skeptical of the call. But the NFL didn't see any room for doubt, and supplanted the on-the-field penalty by serving Orakpo with a $15,000 fine, according to Mike Prada of SB Nation DC.
The penalty sparked a dormant Eagles offense, and Redskins players -- including defensive lineman Barry Cofield -- cited that play as the game's turning point. The Eagles would go on to win the game, 20-13. Prada also notes that this is Orakpo's first offense for helmet-to-helmet hits, hence the relatively low fine by NFL disciplinary standards.