FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. Falcons safety Chris Hope said on Wednesday that he will appeal the 30,000 fine that the NFL levied against him for an unnecessary roughness foul he received on Dec. 16 against the New York Giants Victor Cruz.
Oh, yeah, Hope said of his decision to appeal. Im not looking into it right now. Pure focus is on finishing the season strong and making sure we get the big goal. Whether it was 2,500, I wouldve appealed.
The Falcons (13-2) already have clinched home-field advantage throughout the NFL playoffs going into Sundays season finale at the Georgia Dome against Tampa Bay (6-9), which has been eliminated from postseason play. In his first season in Atlanta, Hope has started the last three games with regular starter William Moore out with a hamstring injury.
Cruz was running a deep post pattern when Hope came all the way across the field and made helmet-to-helmet contact in a violent collision. The hit appeared to be a textbook example of the kind of play that th...