Rodgers-Cromartie named ‘Goat Of the Week’

Eagles cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie has yet to be fined for his hit on Byron Leftwich Thursday night, but a punishment could be coming.

Leftwich scrambled out of the pocket on the play, and Rodgers-Cromartie launched himself at the Steelers’ backup quarterback, picking up a 15-yard personal foul penalty.

In his widely-read Monday Morning Quarterback Column,’s Peter King named Rodgers-Cromartie his ‘Goat of the Week’ and suggested a six-figure fine could be coming:

Goat of the Week: Philadelphia CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, for his irresponsible launching and shoulder/upper arm cheap shot of a defenseless Byron Leftwich, the Pittsburgh quarterback, in the preseason game at Philadelphia. Rodgers-Cromartie is in line for a significant fine — maybe six figures. I think it’s worthy of a suspension. That’s one of the most egregious hits I’ve seen in the league in the last couple of years — worse than James Harrison on Colt McCoy, because you could argue that Harrison thought McCoy was a runner when he lined him up to hit him. Rodgers-Cromartie launched himself in violation of a well-publicized rule, and then hit Leftwich in the head in violation of a well-publicized rule. Luckily, Leftwich walked away, seemingly fine. The next victim may not be so lucky.

Rodgers-Cromartie is entering the final year of a contract, which will pay him $1.96M this season.

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  • CaptBenLWillard

    Apparently Peter King doesn’t watch much football…most egregious hit in years?? Clearly he just had a column to write and started getting carried away with overstatements.

  • Roasty

    It was a dirty hit, and he should be fined but I can’t be the only birds fan that was excited to see him be aggressive and actually hit somebody.

  • limodriver2750

    Disappointed that DRC that shot. Common sense should have prevented that. A sizable chunk out of his pocket will be the lesson learned.

  • Reyco

    Was it a nasty hit in violation of the rules? Yep. Should he be fined or even suspended for a game? Sure. Am I upset about an Eagles cornerback making an aggressive mistake and erring on the side of being too willing to try to make a hit and a big playt? No way, I loved it.

  • Bill in LA

    First off, Peter King is a blowhard. He has always exaggerated petty things like a QB getting hit. Second, he hit him with his shoulder, not his head. If it werent for crappy replacement officials, might not have even been a flag.

  • BirdsNYC

    Yeah, it was a penalty. Sure, he might get a fine. Of course it was great to see an Eagles corner be aggressive. And Peter King does this all the time. He’s the same guy who was up in arms about the Cowboys scoreboard, remember? And the 18-game season was like someone threatened to immolate his family. He invents stuff b/c he seriously believes he’s “guardian of the game,” rather than an overpaid, egomaniacal hack. I respect Cam Newton for not kissing his ass after PK dumped all over him before last season.

  • TheDaghdha

    He gave him a good hit, it was just that he left his feet, and to be honest, i don’t think Byron thought it was that bad either.

  • FMWarner

    He left his feet, so it was a penalty, but people who see a shot to the head are hallucinating. His shoulder hit Leftwich’s chest. Leftwich’s head snapped FORWARD.

  • steelcurtaingirl

    This is why i hate eagles fans, if james harrison did that to michael vick you would be screaming for a year suspension. Of course it is a legal hit as long as it is a steelers player on the receiving end of the hit. His intent was not to tackle, but to take someone out of the game, and sorry to say that is not part of the NFL today.

    • jasvic

      I don’t think anyone here is saying that…at all. Based on today’s rules, it was a penalty and stupid play on his part. You can’t launch yourself at a QB. He left his feet, dumb play and penalty. Fine him? Sure. Suspension? Overboard IMO. And as usual, Peter King is an idiot. I don’t see a shot to the head. He put his shoulder into his chest. If he does the same thing without launching himself, it wouldn’t be an issue (although the replacement refs probably would have thrown a flag anyway because it was so close and they’re replacements.) Has nothing to do with the color of the jerseys, just the facts. No need for irrational hate.

    • Dunno about that, you’re taking things too far and too personally. While I’m an Eagles’ fan, I’m a great admirer of the Steelers (and I love football in general), and I do acknowledge that there’s some basis for your irrationality. But DRC clearly didn’t hit Leftwich in the head (nor is Leftwich concussed). He shouldn’t have left his feet — that was idiotic, and deserving of a fine, but no suspension. And I’d have the intellectual honesty to say the same if it were James Harrison under discussion, as well.

      • steelcurtaingirl

        There is nothing irrational about my point, not in the least. Even the commentator for the NFL network said he liked to see that from the eagles. (Highlights on He likes to see illegal hits that try to take players out of the game, sugar coat it any way you like, but that was his intent. One last thing to add i never said he should be suspended merely that he should be fined.