The weekly fine parade continues.
The league office has imposed a $15,000 penalty on Texans defensive end Antonio Smith for an illegal hit on Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan, according to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.
Smith was flagged for hitting Ryan in the head. Per McClain, Smith plans to appeal the fine.
Incidental hits to the quarterback’s head no longer draw an immediate flag and fine; instead, the blow must be forcible. Based on the photo of the hit, it looks forcible.