Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Tony Brown took a cheap shot at Colts guard Kyle DeVan on Sunday, and it proved to be costly to his team: The subsequent 15-yard penalty put the Colts in range for a field goal at the end of the first half.
Now the cheap shot has proved costly to Brown personally as well: The NFL has fined Brown $10,000 for his actions, the Nashville City Paper reports.
Brown put his hands in DeVan’s face mask in what has been described as an attempted eye gouge.
Titans linebacker Keith Bulluck criticized Brown for the penalty, saying, “Coaches always stress, especially Coach [Jeff] Fisher, penalties that have absolutely nothing to do with the play. They are dumb penalties and they hurt us as a team.”
Brown has declined to discuss the incident in detail with reporters, but he indicated that he would pay the fine and not appeal it.
UPDATE: ESPN reports that the fine is actually $20,000.