Browns safety T.J. Ward is not a happy camper today, as he has been fined $25,000 for an illegal hit he delivered on Sunday against Dallas wide receiver Kevin Ogletree.
Ward said that he is appealing the fine, and insists he was well within the league’s rules on helmet-to-helmet contact. Ward said replays conclusively show he did not touch any part of Ogletree’s head.
”I think it was completely legal,” Ward said. ”I aimed for his chest. I hit him in his chest. He was falling forward. No part of my helmet hit his helmet. No part of my shoulder pad hit his helmet. If it did hit at any part, it was probably the aftereffect or the end of the hit. I think it was just a blown call and a blown punishment.”
Ward, who was fined $15,000 in 2010 for a nasty hit on Cincinnati wide receiver Jordan Shipley, was called for unnecessary roughness for the shot on Ogletree. The 15-yard personal foul aided the Cowboys’ drive that set up a game-tying field goal in the closing seconds of regulation. Dallas went on to win 23-20 in overtime.
Ogletree sustained a concussion and has been ruled out of Thursday’s game against Washington. Browns cornerback Buster Skrine also suffered a concussion during the play when he collided with Ogletree just after Ward delivered his blow. Skrine did not practice and Browns coach Pat Shurmur said the second-year player ”is going through the (concussion) process.”