Cowboys Rookie Cameron Lawrence Fined $21K For Blindside Block

The Dallas Cowboys activated linebacker Cameron Lawrence from their practice squad for the very first time this past Sunday night. And against the Washington Redskins, Lawrence made a huge impact on special teams. Now the NFL has made a similar impact to the rookie’s pocketbook…to the tune of $21,000.

Jul 22, 2013; Oxnard, CA, USA; Dallas Cowboys outside linebacker Cameron Lawrence (48) walks on to the field for training camp at the River Ridge Fields. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

On the play in question, Lawrence made a pivotal block on Redskins’ cornerback David Amerson that sprang Cowboys wideout Dwayne Harris for a 90-yard kick-off return. Amerson suffered a concussion on what the league is calling a blindside block. You can watch that big return and the block in question here: http://www.nfl.com/videos/dallas-cowboys/0ap2000000262414/Cowboys-90-yd-kickoff-return

Lawrence will appeal the fine that is almost equivalent to one entire game check for him. The undrafted free agent out of Mississippi State signed on with the team for the league minimum, which is $405,000. That breaks down to roughly $24K a game…and that’s before taxes!

I’m not sure I totally agree with this fine. For one, there was no penalty called for this block at the time of the play. Secondly, it appeared to me that the defender was turning into Lawrence at the time of the hit making him visible at least in his peripheral vision. Finally, there didn’t appear to be any malice on the part of Lawrence. $21k is a hefty fine for a no-call.

The Cowboys are also expected to hear from the league about a late hit by safety Barry Church on Sunday night. Church made a tackle on quarterback Robert Griffin III while he was heading out of bounds. When asked about the tackle, here’s what Church told ESPNDallas.com:

“I definitely thought it was a gray area. I felt like he was still in bounds on one but they made the call and I’ve just got to live with it … From now on I’ll probably just try to assist the quarterback out of bounds, just usher him out of bounds instead of putting my hands on him.”

That was one of two unnecessary roughness penalties Church had called on him in the game against Washington. I don’t believe either call was the right call either, but you have to understand that in this day and age quarterbacks will always be overprotected.

Topics: Barry Church, Cameron Lawrence, Dallas Cowboys, Fine

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  • Ed

    I say we take up a collection or have a bake sale to help raise the money. That was a key block that pushed the game in to the Cowboys favor.

    • jayhwk01

      Not to mention back in the days when you could play football and hit people it was a clean block.

  • Sam Lane

    If a so called questionable play is not called on the field by one of the “multiple” officials, then the video weasels at NFL HQ, should NOT be allowed to fine.

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