Last Thursday night, the post-play fracas between Vikings defensive end Jared Allen and Bucs left tackle Donald Penn provided one of the rare moments in which it appeared that the home team could maybe reverse the shellacking they were observing from Tampa Bay.
But the belated good news is that the grabbing and pulling and possible hurting of necks results in a pair of fines, which will add to the league’s involuntary charitable contributions.
Per the league office, Allen and Penn each received a fine of $7,875 for grabbing an opponent by the facemask. Allen’s helmet was lost in the kerfuffle, which didn’t cause him to back down.
He also emerged with a wicked cut on the nose, which could be one of those things that never has time to heal and flows blood every week, a la Chuck Cecil.