Report: Vikings’ Smith fined for hit on Cardinals’ DeAndre Hopkins, no flag thrown

Nov 6, 2022, 10:00 AM
DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Arizona Cardinals catches the ball for a touchdown as Harrison Smith #22...
DeAndre Hopkins #10 of the Arizona Cardinals catches the ball for a touchdown as Harrison Smith #22 of the Minnesota Vikings defends during the second quarter at U.S. Bank Stadium on October 30, 2022 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith received a $15,914 fine for a hit on Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins in Week 8, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero reported Saturday.

The play took place on a two-point conversion attempt with 2:27 remaining in the third quarter last Sunday. Arizona trailed 28-23 after a 38-yard touchdown reception by receiver Rondale Moore and attempted to cut the deficit to a field goal.

Quarterback Kyler Murray fired a pass to Hopkins on a slant in the end zone and Smith came in from the weak side and put a big hit on the receiver.

There was helmet-to-helmet contact, and Hopkins and Murray both signaled for a flag but got none. The pass fell incomplete.

After the game, Hopkins tweeted at the NFL, “I need an explanation?” He has since deleted the tweet.

Smith’s fine is for unnecessary roughness, according to Pelissero.

The Vikings won the game, 34-26, although Hopkins had a productive day with 12 catches for 159 yards and a one-handed touchdown grab over Smith.

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