Baltimore Ravens receiver Odell Beckham Jr. was fined $21,844 this week for a hit on Detroit Lions safety Kerby Joseph. That was the second-largest fine of Week 7 and the third for Beckham in the past two weeks.
Late in the game, Beckham received pass from Lamar Jackson and forcibly lowered his head to make helmet-to-helmet contact with Joseph. In the video below, you can see Joseph’s head violently whip back. Officials forced Joseph out of the game to get evaluated for a concussion. Thankfully, Joseph was cleared and is not entering Week 8 with any injury designation.
Kerby Joseph injury video— Detroit Lions Morning Rounds (@JimmyLiaoMD) October 22, 2023
-Likely neck strain
-possible concussion but hopefully the helmet jerking back absorbs most of the force pic.twitter.com/U4e7y56tF6
The hit is a pretty clear violation of the NFL’s rule “Impermissible use of the helmet.” Here’s how that is outlined in the 2023 NFL rulebook (emphasis added):
ARTICLE 10. IMPERMISSIBLE USE OF THE HELMET. It is a foul if a player:
(a) lowers his head and makes forcible contact with his helmet against an opponent; or
(b) uses any part of his helmet or facemask to butt or make forcible contact to an opponent’s head or neck area.
These provisions do not prohibit incidental contact by the mask or the helmet in the course of a conventional tackle or block on an opponent. Penalty: For impermissible use of the helmet: Loss of 15 yards. If the foul is by the defense, it is also an automatic first down. The player may be disqualified.
Beckham was not penalized on the play, and Joseph was clearly not happy about that, posting this to his Instagram after the game.
I’m glad Kerby Joseph is fine but I’m with him….— morgan cannon (hater of fantasy football) (@MCannon313) October 22, 2023
if you’re gonna have that as a rule, it HAS to be called there… pic.twitter.com/BLHb9n9GUi
In addition to Beckham, ravens linebacker Roquan Smith was fined for a hit on Jared Goff in the fourth quarter. Smith contacted Goff high and received a 15-yard penalty on the play.
No Lions player received fines in Week 7.