Ravens linebacker Paul Kruger frequently wears his jersey tight and pulled up high, presumably because it makes it harder for opposing offensive linemen to grab it. But now that habit has proved costly for Kruger.
The NFL has fined Kruger $5,000 for violating the league’s uniform rules with the way he’s wearing his jersey, which exposes the back flap of his shoulder pads. Kruger said he was surprised that the fine letter came without anyone ever telling him that there was anything wrong with the way he wears his jersey.
“I’m going to appeal it,” Kruger told the Baltimore Sun. “I didn’t even get a warning about it. They just fined me.”
Kruger committed a more serious violation of the NFL’s rules on Sunday when he picked up a roughing the passer penalty for a hit on Steelers quarterback Charlie Batch, setting up the Steelers in field goal range. Kruger said the NFL hasn’t told him whether he’ll be fined for that hit.