Vikings' Smith avoids fine hit in Steelers game

9:52 PM, Oct 4, 2013   |    comments
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Minnesota Vikings safety Harrison Smith was not fined by the NFL for a hit on Pittsburgh Steelers tight end Heath Miller, according to a USA Today report.

Smith was vehement in protesting the flag he drew with a helmet-to-helmet hit on

The NFL agreed -- at least enough to not issue further discipline. A league spokesman said Friday that Smith wasn't fined for the hit on Miller, who also lowered his own helmet after a catch downfield in the third quarter.

Smith said after the game he hit Miller high in part because he knew the ninth-year veteran was coming off a knee injury and didn't want to go low.

"I try to keep my head out of it," Smith said. "I didn't launch, and I don't really know what else to do. There was a play later where I hit him lower, and I didn't want to do it, but I had to. That might have made him mad.

"Ultimately, we're trying to win the game. It's just -- it's tough. I really don't know what else to do in that situation."

Smith could have faced a significant fine, since he's been disciplined at least twice previously for violating player safety rules in parts of two NFL seasons.

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