Rodgers-Cromartie: It was a clean hit

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie didn’t have a lot of time after signing autographs post-practice this morning, but he stopped quickly to answer a few questions about his hit on Byron Leftwich Thursday night.

Has he received any notification about a fine from the league?


Does he expect to receive a fine?


Does he believe it was a clean hit?

“Yes sir, no question.”

Any regrets? Maybe wish he would have tackled Leftwich differently?

“Regrets? We’re playing football, man,” Rodgers-Cromartie said. “The Bible said don’t live a life of regret.”

The play in question occurred at the 1:12 mark of Thursday night’s game against the Steelers. Leftwich escaped pressure, rolled to his right and tried to find a receiver. Rodgers-Cromartie, who was in coverage, came running towards him, left his feet and launched himself at Leftwich, leading with his right shoulder. It was precisely the type of play the league is trying to get rid of.

Earlier Monday,’s Peter King named Rodgers-Cromartie his Goat of the Week and suggested he’d be in line for a significant fine.

Video of the hit is embedded below.

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