The NFL has fined Packers linebacker Erik Walden $15,000 for a hit on Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford on Sunday.
According to the NFL, Walden unnecessarily struck Stafford in the head and neck area. It’s the second $15,000 fine of the season that Walden has received for a hit on a quarterback; he was previously fined $15,000 for a hit on Jay Cutler.
Walden’s penalty was costly for the Packers: It came after teammate Vic So’oto sacked Stafford at Green Bay’s 28-yard line, and gave the Lions first-and-10 at the 14-yard line. Stafford threw a touchdown pass to Titus Young three plays later.