Cowboys cornerback Alan Ball felt he was unfairly flagged in the fourth quarter of Monday’s game against the Redskins when he was hit with an unnecessary roughness penalty for a helmet-to-helmet hit on receiver Santana Moss.
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett agrees with Ball, and so apparently does the league. Ball said he was not fined by the league.
“I’m in the clear,” Ball said. “I don’t think when I’m out there about how to tackle. I guess that’s what the NFL wants you to do. I guess that’s how it works. I don’t officiate.”
Cowboys coach Jason Garrett said it was a textbook hit on how to tackle.
“I would argue that they could use that hit on some kind of a film about how you’re supposed to hit somebody,” Garrett said. “I think he did a really good job striking first with his shoulder and then hitting the receiver in the chest area rather than launching and using his helmet or hitting that guy in the helmet. Those are bang-bang plays. We’re not going to tell him that that was the wrong thing to do. We want him to play that way. Certainly, those are areas where it can be just a few inches that separate whether it’s an unnecessary roughness penalty or a good hit, so we have to respect that. But he was trying to do the right thing, and we think he did the right thing.”
The Cowboys have had one fine this season. Kevin Ogletree was hit with a $7,500 fine last week for grabbing the facemask of 49ers cornerback Tarell Brown.
-- Clarence Hill