View Full Version : Bengals' White fined for hit on Martin

08-15-2008, 08:05 PM
The hit that left Ruvell Martin with a bruised jaw and a mild concussion on Monday will cost Bengals safety Marvin White $7,500.

That's how much the NFL has fined White for "impermissible use of the helmet," a league spokesman said this afternoon.

On the second-quarter play, cornerback Deltha O'Neal tipped Brian Brohm's pass for Martin, who was reaching back to try to grab the fluttering ball when White unloaded on him. The league said White "struck his opponent in the chest area with his helmet," though Martin said he was hit squarely in the jaw with “probably the best shot I’ve ever taken.”

“I got blasted in my jaw and was out,” Martin said on Wednesday. “That happens. It’s football. Everyone’s running around there trying to hit each other and hit each other hard, and the guy got me.”

No flag was thrown on the play.

Martin returned to practice on Thursday after sitting out a day earlier, but his status for Saturday's preseason game at San Francisco is up in the air.

-- Tom Pelissero

08-16-2008, 12:03 AM
7500 pocket change.

08-16-2008, 12:39 AM
At least it'll go to charity.

08-16-2008, 03:48 PM
Ehh it happens. Marvin White is a hard hitter and this time around he just hit Ruvell a little bit too high. Helmets are huge so even if he meant to hit Ruvell in the chest there is a very good chance he got him in the jaw as well. The fine wasn't to excessive