Cowboys’ Tyron Smith Is Fined $15,750 for Horse Collar Tackle

Tyron Smith of the Dallas Cowboys was fined $15,750 by the National Football League for a horse collar tackle on New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley in the season-opening game, the Cowboys said on their website.

Smith’s tackle -- in which a defender grabs the inside of an opponent’s shoulder pads from behind and pulls him down -- prevented Boley from scoring a touchdown after he intercepted a pass from Tony Romo in the second quarter of the Cowboys’ 24-17 win on Sept. 5. The Giants took possession at the Dallas 1-yard line and were held to a field goal.

“It was a way to help my team out,” Smith, the Cowboys’ 6-foot-5, 311-pound left tackle, told the team’s website. “If you care about the money that much, you’re playing for the money. I’m playing because I want to.”

The minimum fine for a horse collar tackle is $15,750. Smith told the Cowboys’ website that he’ll appeal the fine.

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