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, SI.com’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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