Vikings rookie safety Smith fined for hit to head

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG and DAN WIEDERER , Star Tribune staff writers
  • Updated: September 1, 2012 - 12:27 AM
hide

A referee threw a flag after a hit by the Minnesota Vikings' Harrison Smith (22) on Mike Willie (83) late in the fourth quarter of San Diego's 12-10 win at Mall of America Field last month.

Photo: Carlos Gonzalez, Star Tribune

CameraStar Tribune photo galleries

Cameraview larger

When asked about his unnecessary-roughness penalty shortly after last week's 12-10 preseason loss to the Chargers, Vikings rookie safety Harrison Smith said, "There's stuff that sometimes you can't control."

The NFL disagreed Friday. And it's going to cost Smith a $21,000 fine when he gets his first NFL paycheck next week.

The hit on Chargers receiver Mike Willie came in the closing moments and extended the Chargers' game-winning drive. The nature of the hit made it probable that Smith would be out some money once the league got around to reviewing the matter.

"He unnecessarily struck a defenseless player in the head and neck area with his shoulder," league spokesman Randall Liu explained in an e-mail.

After the game, Smith tried to describe the split-second thought process that comes with playing safety in a league that's making it more difficult for defenders to hit offensive players.

"I thought maybe I could go for the ball, then I realized I should go for the hit, so I kind of got caught in the middle," Smith said. "I wish I didn't get the penalty. Maybe I could have played it differently. I'll watch the film. It's easy to watch on TV and say, 'You should hit him here or there.' ... At the end of the day, football is football."

Youth movement continues

Of the 53 players on the Vikings' roster, 29 are 25 years old or younger. That's 54.7 percent of the roster.

There are eight rookies and 16 more entering either their second or third NFL seasons in the NFL. Defensive tackle Trevor Guyton was the only player from this year's 10-man draft class to be waived. Guyton, however, seems to be a prime candidate to be added to the eight-man practice squad when it's assembled Saturday morning.

Of the 10 players from the 2011 draft, nine are still on the roster. The only one missing is Ross Homan, a sixth-round pick who was cut before last season.

Love placed on IR

The Vikings placed second-year offensive tackle DeMarcus Love on injured reserve, expecting him to need surgery on a lingering shoulder/pectoral injury. As a rookie last season, Love was inactive for all 16 games. He was expected to supply some depth at left tackle behind Matt Kalil, though starting left guard Charlie Johnson would also be an emergency option there. The only other backup tackle on the roster right now is Pat Brown.

Seven linebackers kept

Linebacker wasn't considered a position of great depth this year, but the Vikings still kept seven, including surprise rookie seventh-round pick Audie Cole.

Cole made it as the third middle linebacker behind Jasper Brinkley and Tyrone McKenzie. Cole's knack for making big plays this summer was highlighted in the 36-14 victory over the Bills in Week 2 of the preseason. With the Vikings leading 22-14 late in the game, Cole returned interceptions for touchdowns on back-to-back plays from scrimmage.

Vikings trade for corner

The Vikings traded undisclosed draft picks for Cardinals cornerback A.J. Jefferson, a third-year player who began the 2011 season as the starter opposite standout rookie Patrick Peterson, the Arizona Republic reported late Friday.

After struggling early on, the 6-1, 190-pound Jefferson was moved to the sub defensive packages. He had one interception and 12 passes defensed in 16 games with seven starts.

The Vikings kept six corners when they trimmed their roster to 53 players earlier in the day. One of the corners cut was Chris Carr, by far the most surprising cut of the day. Carr is 29. Jefferson, at 24, is more in line with the Vikings' youth movement.

The Vikings will have to release a player to make room for Jefferson.

Roster might not be set

This won't be the "final" 53-man roster. In addition to releasing someone to make room for Jefferson, waiver claims will be announced at 8 p.m. Saturday. By virtue of their 3-13 record last season, the Vikings are third in line for any waiver claims they submitted.

Players with fewer than four vested seasons are subject to the waiver wire. Others that are released are free to sign with any team.

Teams also can make trades before setting their opening day roster.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Cincinnati 0 Delayed
Baltimore 0
Boston 2 Top 2nd Inning
NY Yankees 0
Detroit 1 Top 2nd Inning
Cleveland 2
NY Mets 2 Top 2nd Inning
Miami 0
Philadelphia 0 Top 2nd Inning
Atlanta 0
Toronto 1 Top 2nd Inning
Tampa Bay 0
Milwaukee - Y. Gallardo 7:05 PM
Chicago Cubs - J. Arrieta
LA Angels - C. Wilson 7:10 PM
Houston - B. Peacock
Chicago WSox - H. Noesi 7:10 PM
Minnesota - T. Milone
Texas - D. Holland 7:10 PM
Kansas City - J. Guthrie
Pittsburgh - J. Locke 7:15 PM
St. Louis - A. Wainwright
San Francisco - Y. Petit 7:40 PM
Colorado - J. Lyles
Seattle - J. Paxton 9:05 PM
Oakland - S. Gray
Washington - D. Fister 9:10 PM
Los Angeles - C. Kershaw
Arizona - W. Miley 9:10 PM
San Diego - O. Despaigne
Green Bay 9/4/14 7:30 PM
Seattle
Buffalo 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Chicago
New Orleans 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Atlanta
Minnesota 9/7/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Cleveland 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
Jacksonville 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Oakland 9/7/14 12:00 PM
NY Jets
Cincinnati 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Baltimore
Washington 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Houston
Tennessee 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Kansas City
New England 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Miami
Carolina 9/7/14 3:25 PM
Tampa Bay
San Francisco 9/7/14 3:25 PM
Dallas
Indianapolis 9/7/14 7:30 PM
Denver
NY Giants 9/8/14 6:10 PM
Detroit
San Diego 9/8/14 9:20 PM
Arizona
Miami-Florida 13 FINAL
(25) Louisville 31
Arizona 9/4/14 7:00 PM
TX-San Antonio
Pittsburgh 9/5/14 6:00 PM
Boston College
Washington St 9/5/14 9:30 PM
Nevada
SMU 9/6/14 11:00 AM
North Texas
Fla Atlantic 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(2) Alabama
Buffalo 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Army
(24) Missouri 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Toledo
Arkansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tennessee
(7) McNeese State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(19) Nebraska
Central Mich 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Purdue
Akron 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Penn State
Western Ill 9/6/14 11:00 AM
(18) Wisconsin
(20) Kansas State 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Iowa State
(4) Oklahoma 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Tulsa
Western Ky 9/6/14 11:00 AM
Illinois
SC State 9/6/14 11:30 AM
(23) Clemson
Navy 9/6/14 12:00 PM
Temple
UAB 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Miss State
South Alabama 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Kent State
New Mexico St 9/6/14 1:00 PM
Georgia State
Colorado 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Massachusetts
Fresno State 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Utah
(2) Eastern Wash 9/6/14 2:00 PM
Washington
(14) USC 9/6/14 2:30 PM
(13) Stanford
Ohio U 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Kentucky
Middle Tennessee 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Minnesota
Northern Ill 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Northwestern
Missouri State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Oklahoma State
Ball State 9/6/14 2:30 PM
Iowa
Maryland 9/6/14 2:30 PM
So Florida
Eastern Mich 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Florida
Georgia Tech 9/6/14 3:00 PM
Tulane
(15) Ole Miss 9/6/14 3:30 PM
Vanderbilt
Old Dominion 9/6/14 5:00 PM
NC State
(7) Michigan State 9/6/14 5:30 PM
(3) Oregon
(17) Arizona State 9/6/14 6:00 PM
New Mexico
Louisiana Tech 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Louisiana
San Jose St 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(5) Auburn
East Carolina 9/6/14 6:00 PM
(21) So Carolina
Duke 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Troy
Idaho 9/6/14 6:00 PM
ULM
(15) Sam Houston St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(12) LSU
Michigan 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(16) Notre Dame
Lamar 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(9) Texas A&M
Northwestern St 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(10) Baylor
BYU 9/6/14 6:30 PM
Texas
Citadel 9/6/14 6:30 PM
(1) Florida State
San Diego St 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(21) North Carolina
Virginia Tech 9/6/14 7:00 PM
(8) Ohio State
Memphis 9/6/14 9:00 PM
(11) UCLA
Colorado State 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Boise State
Air Force 9/6/14 9:15 PM
Wyoming
Oregon State 9/6/14 9:30 PM
Hawaii
Texas Tech 9/6/14 10:00 PM
Texas-El Paso
Brt Columbia 9/5/14 6:30 PM
Ottawa
Calgary 9/6/14 6:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/7/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Saskatchewan 9/7/14 3:00 PM
Winnipeg
Minnesota 9:00 PM
Phoenix
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis Noon
Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pm
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pm
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit Noon
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo Noon
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay Noon
Nov 2 - vs. Washington Noon
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago Noon
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay Noon
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina Noon
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets Noon
Dec 14 - at Detroit Noon
Dec 21 - at Miami Noon
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago Noon

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How many games will the Vikings win this season?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close