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Cameron Lawrence fined $21,000 for block on David Amerson

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The only flag on Dwayne Harris‘ 90-yard punt return for a touchdown last Sunday night against the Redskins was on Redskins special teams coach Keith Burns for making contact with an official along the sideline, but the NFL has handed out a fine for another incident during that play.

Cowboys linebacker Cameron Lawrence has been fined $21,000 for a blindside block on Redskins cornerback David Amerson while Harris was making his return. Because Lawrence, who was playing his first game after being promoted from the practice squad, will pay out the fine in installments as he’s making the league minimum of $405,000 this season.

Todd Archer of ESPNDallas.com reports that Lawrence will appeal the fine. Archer also reports that Cowboys safety Barry Church hasn’t heard anything from the league about fines for the pair of unnecessary roughness penalties he picked up during the game.

Amerson suffered a concussion on the play. He’s been limited in practice this week while making his way through the concussion protocol.

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11 Responses to “Cameron Lawrence fined $21,000 for block on David Amerson”
  1. redfield11 says: Oct 17, 2013 12:34 PM

    It never made sense to me how a guy coming off the practice squad is fined just as much as a franchise player making 10+ million.

    Lawrence pretty much just gave up his whole paycheck for the week. Needs to be a percentage of salary not a fixed rate.

  2. donttrip22 says: Oct 17, 2013 12:50 PM

    they need to start putting dresses on players that way they recognize they’re making them into girly men & not hit each other so hard lol

  3. dobber707 says: Oct 17, 2013 12:57 PM

    these fines are crazy…oh wait they have a 700+mil lawsuit to pay for.

  4. geniusry says: Oct 17, 2013 1:12 PM

    Wait, the block wasn’t flagged so it wasn’t illegal. The NFL is literally fining a guy because of how perfectly he laid out a hit. His entire salary that is. I wish the product of the NFL was terrible so I could actually boycott them for this crap.

  5. peed1 says: Oct 17, 2013 1:17 PM

    Football is getting crappier by the week. Legal play, no penalty on player. It getting close to where I don’t want to watch anymore.

  6. ike1973 says: Oct 17, 2013 1:24 PM

    So how much is the ref fined who missed the call then?

  7. skinzfan21 says: Oct 17, 2013 1:55 PM

    that’s the second time this week the NFL had admitted to missing the call (blindside hit that allowed the return to happen) or flat out getting the call wrong (fumble on the punt)…….it’s a little too late now

  8. ncm42 says: Oct 17, 2013 2:07 PM

    “Because Lawrence, who was playing his first game after being promoted from the practice squad, will pay out the fine in installments as he’s making the league minimum of $405,000 this season.”

    Ummmmm….what?

  9. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 17, 2013 2:28 PM

    It never made sense to me how a guy coming off the practice squad is fined just as much as a franchise player making 10+ million.

    Lawrence pretty much just gave up his whole paycheck for the week. Needs to be a percentage of salary not a fixed rate.

    Excuse me but big business had no place for common sense.

  10. ivanpavlov0000 says: Oct 17, 2013 7:13 PM

    I just watched the play. The hit was shoulder pad to shoulder pad … it’s a clean hit. Lawrence had the angle and he took it. It’s a big hit, but apparently big hits are now illegal in the NFL (even if the play was legal).

    If they are calling it a block in the back, that’s kind of ticky-tacky. Lawrence’s pad is barely in front of Amerson, but he is in front. And it’s not Lawrence’s fault that Amerson was looking at the ball carrier, not Lawrence.

  11. milksteak78 says: Oct 18, 2013 10:43 AM

    ^^^^^^^
    Not sure what highlight you watched but he obviously launched himself and hit him helmet to helmet.

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