Saturday night was memorable for Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald. There was one moment that, financially, he definitely won’t forget.
Per multiple reports, the NFL has fined Fitzgerald $23,152 for an illegal blindside block. Flagged for the maneuver during the game, it happened after a third-quarter first-and-goal from the Green Bay seven, on a three-yard run by receiver John Brown. Fitzgerald applied a shoulder to the head of safety Morgan Burnett.
The penalty moved the ball to the 20, and the drive resulted in a field goal, cutting Green Bay’s lead from 13-7 to 13-10.
Fitzgerald has the right to appeal the fine, and he probably should. Although there was contact to Burnett’s head, it didn’t look nearly as egregious as the illegal hit applied by Patriots receiver Danny Amendola, for which he also was fined $23,152.