When Eagles defensive end Jason Babin drove Browns quarterback Brandon Weeden into the ground just after Weeden threw a pass on Sunday, the officials let him get away with it. But the league office did not.
Babin has been fined $15,750 for roughing Weeden.
Babin has long taken issue with the way the NFL doles out fines, saying after he was fined for a hit on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith last year that the “guy at the NFL that decides on who and how much players get fined” needs to “stop being a puppet.” So he surely won’t be happy about this one.
But he should be glad that he got away with a penalty on the field: Babin’s hit came on a third down on which the Browns failed to convert and had to punt. In a game the Eagles won by only one point, a roughing the passer penalty that extended a drive could have been extremely costly.