The Green Bay Packers lost a critical turnover and Nick Perry lost $15,000 for his illegal hit on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck on Sunday.
Perry said he will appeal the fine.
Charging in untouched, Perry sacked Luck and forced a fumble, which was recovered inside the Colts’ 20-yard line by teammate D.J. Smith during the second quarter. Green Bay led 14-0 at the time and almost certainly would have extended the lead to at least 17-0. Instead, Perry was flagged for leading with the crown of his helmet on a vicious hit.
“I’ve just got to be smarter with the way I wrap up,” he said. “You know, it’s hard, because I felt like I did the right thing by getting him down but it wasn’t good enough. There’s a better way to approach it.”
Perry called the penalty and fine a “gray” area.
“That’s a tough one,” defensive coordinator Dom Capers said on Monday. “I mean, he came so clean and he hit him with such velocity, and I’m sure what they’re going to say is he hit him with the crown of his helmet probably. So, the only thing you can tell a guy is he has to turn his head and try to get his shoulder in there. But when you’re coming full speed around there, he did hit him in the shoulder area. It was a vicious collision, as you saw the ball come out. It’s just really too bad because you design things and they work the way you design them and the ball comes out and we’re going to have the ball inside the 15-yard line.”
Luck didn’t miss a play despite the impact of the tackle.
“My job is to get the quarterback down and make sacks and be an all-around player but, nevertheless, things like this happen given that we’ve had issues in the past with helmet-to-helmet hits and hard collisions,” he said. “Just got to be more focused on those types of things.”