Friday is fine day in the NFL, and three more players have reportedly learned that their next paychecks will be lighter because of illegal hits on Sunday.
Darin Gantt, the Carolina Panthers beat writer for the Rock Hill Herald, tweets that Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams was fined $5,000 by the NFL for an illegal chop block in Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
And Sean Jensen of the Pioneer Press reports that Vikings defensive tackle Pat Williams and cornerback Benny Sapp were fined $5,000 each for separate penalties in Sunday’s loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Williams grabbed Steelers wide receiver Mike Wallace by the facemask, while Sapp struck an opponent after the play was over.
So, to clarify, illegal hits that could injure an opponent draw fines of $5,000 or $7,500, while sliding in the end zone after a touchdown costs a player $10,000.
Two players who weren’t fined, Jensen reports, are
Steelers linebackers Lamarr Woodley and James Harrison, who did not have their paychecks docked for hard hits on Vikings quarterback Brett Favre.