Players around the NFL got letters from the league Wednesday informing them that they were fined for actions in Week Three.
Falcons safety William Moore was fined $7,500 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Buccaneers running back Ernest Graham in the third quarter of Tampa’s 16-13 win. Moore was flagged for unnecessary roughness on the play, which came on a drive that ended with the Bucs kicking a field goal and taking a 16-3 lead.
Browns defensive tackle Phil Taylor was fined $7,500 for hitting Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne after Henne slid to end a scramble. He drew a flag on the play. Taylor told Scott Petrak of the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram that he plans to appeal the fine.
Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain-Dealer also reports that Browns receiver Mohamed Massaquoi said he drew a fine for his excessive celebration penalty during the 17-16 win. Massaquoi caught the winning touchdown, dropped down in the end zone and tight end Ben Watson jumped on top of him. Both going to the ground and having multiple players involved in a celebration are technically worthy of a flag, although former NFL officiating head Mike Periera thought the penalty was excessive.
Steelers receiver Antonio Brown got dinged for the same amount as Moore and Taylor for a low block during Sunday night’s 23-20 win over the Colts. The block occured on Joe Legefed’s interception of Ben Roethlisberger and Brown said that he was only trying to defend himself from a player on the Colts trying to block him. He told Scott Brown of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review that he’s thinking about appealing.