Dolphins' Kiko Alonso will not be suspended for hit on Joe Flacco

Charles Robinson
NFL columnist

As a team, the Baltimore Ravens were fired up after Miami Dolphins linebacker Kiko Alonso hit Joe Flacco at the tail end of the quarterback’s slide during last Thursday night’s game.

The hard hit knocked Flacco’s helmet off, and he both didn’t return to the game and needed stitches on one of his ears. Though he was evaluated for a concussion, Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said on Monday Flacco is not dealing with any concussion symptoms and that there’s a good chance the quarterback will play this Sunday against Tennessee.

Miami Dolphins middle linebacker Kiko Alonso collided with Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco in the first half of an NFL football game in Baltimore. (AP)

Alonso did get flagged 15 yards for unnecessary roughness on the play, but NFL vice president of communications Joe Lockhart said on Tuesday that the veteran will not be suspended for the play.

Speaking during his weekly conference call, Lockhart said the league has reviewed the Alonso play as well as the play on Sunday in which the Eagles’ Fletcher Cox injured San Francisco’s Joe Staley, and that no players will be suspended from on-field incidents that happened last week.

Alonso could still be fined, particularly since his hit on Flacco touched off an skirmish between Ravens and Dolphins players.