Originally Posted by WeegiesWarriors
Actually it does. They called it incomplete through replay review which means Ward was a defenseless receiver at the time of the hit. Had they called it a fumble then that would mean that he would have made the catch, turned up field, and became a ball carrier and helmet to helmet is no longer a penalty or fine-able offense.
The NFL dropped it here. They ruled on the field that it was incomplete. A 15 yard penalty should have been thrown number 1. Number 2 a fine should be given to the defender. He hit helmet to helmet what was determined to be a defenseless receiver. He clearly led with the helmet
I'm far from a conspiracy theorist, but even I'm wondering what the deal is with Goodell and the Steelers. Something isn't right here.
Ward wasn't defenseless when he let the ball slip off his hands. He didn't maintain possession when going down and I don't think the helmet to helmet contact had anything to do with it.
This being said, there are lot of inconsistencies in the way fines are levied. Like you said, something's not right here.