It wound up costing Williams more than $15,000. PFT has confirmed with the league that Williams has been fined $15,750 for the infraction.
Williams’ penalty was costly, but it might have saved a touchdown. Sproles was sprinting up the sideline and nearing midfield without many Eagles in position to stop him when Williams dragged him down at the Saints’ 37-yard line. The penalty put the Saints into Eagles territory and New Orleans picked up 34 more yards, most of them on the ground, before Shayne Graham’s 32-yard field goal won the game.
Williams said after the game that his goal was to get Sproles down no matter the cost in a penalty. He didn’t mention the cost to himself, but the league took care of that this week.