Chargers' Robinson fined $7,500 for late hit on Frye

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Jun 20, 2005
Chula Vista, CA

San Diego Chargers second-year defensive end Derreck Robinson has been fined $7,500 by the NFL for a late hit on Cleveland quarterback Charlie Frye in last Sunday's 32-25 victory over the Browns.

The fine continues the league initiative in 2006 to better protect quarterbacks. The NFL has now levied close to 30 fines this season for what was deemed by league officials as excessive or late contact against a quarterback.

The play for which Robinson was fined occurred late in the third quarter, with Cleveland facing a second-and-10 at the San Diego 38-yard line.

Before the snap, the referees flagged the Browns for a delay-of-game penalty, bringing the action to a halt. But as the other players stopped, Robinson continued toward Frye, hitting the quarterback square in the back. Frye was knocked to the ground, and got up limping, but stayed in the game.

Robinson was penalized 15 yards for a personal foul, a penalty that superseded the delay-of-game call. Robinson insisted to the game officials that he did not hear the whistle that stopped play because of the delay-of-game call.

Sources close to Robinson said he is considering appealing the fine, and if he does, will reiterate that he never heard the whistle. It is the first fine of Robinson's career.

Frye was treated this week for neck and back soreness believed to be related to the late hit. It was a thumb injury, however, that had Frye listed as questionable much of the week for Sunday's game at Atlanta. Frye was upgraded to probable Friday afternoon.