clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Cowboys OT Tyron Smith Fined $15,750 For Touchdown-Saving Horse-Collar

Offensive tackle Tyron Smith has been fined $15,750 by the NFL for his horse-collar tackle on linebacker Michael Boley in the Dallas Cowboys' Week 1 24-17 win over the New York Giants, according to Cowboys beat writer Clarence Hill on Twitter.

Boley intercepted a Tony Romo pass in the second quarter and was headed for a pick-six before Smith brought him to the ground after a return of 51 yards. The Giants couldn't punch it in from the 2 after the penalty and settled for a field goal for an early 3-0 lead. So the tackle, while financially costly, saved the Cowboys from an early touchdown deficit.

Indeed, as Smith told ESPN's Dan Graziano, the illegal tackle was worth it. And two years into a contract worth over $12 million, the rare chance for an offensive lineman to make such a crucial tackle was probably worth the money.

For more on the Cowboys visit Blogging the Boys and SB Nation Dallas. Check out our dedicated NFL hub and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel:

Check out the SB Nation Channel on YouTube

Photographs by jamesbrandon, jdtornow, phlezk, flygraphix, mcdlttx, tomasland, and literalbarrage used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.