Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith was officially fined by the NFL for a helmet-to-helmet hit on New Orleans Saints running Alvin Kamara in the Cowboys’, 13-10, victory last Thursday.
The play did not draw a flag in the game, to the displeasure of the Saints. But the NFL levied a $26,739 fine against Smith, according to a source.
Smith plans to appeal the fine. He said he has no intention of hitting Kamara in the head.
“It’s the last gladiator sport,” Smith said. “As I was going to tackle him, he turned his body at the last second, and I hit him. I hit him. I put my arms out to hit him, and there was some contact. But, like I said, it’s the game that we love and definitely no intentions to play the game the wrong way. I’ve been taught well.”
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Smith is second on the team in tackles with 105 and is known as the team’s hardest hitter on a defense that ranks fifth in the league and riding a four-game winning streak heading into Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Eagles.