Matt Terl
Saturday October 22nd, 2011

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.

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