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Brandon Marshall gets his fine for helmet-to-helmet hit on Cam Newton

CORRECTS PLAYER AT LEFT TO BRANDON MARSHALL, INSTEAD OF SHANE RAY - Denver Broncos outside linebacker DeMarcus Ware (94) celebrates his sack of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton with teammate Brandon Marshall (54) during the second half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2016, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey) AP

The NFL isn’t willing to extend replay reviews to cover penalties, so there’s no recourse on the field when officials miss a helmet-to-helmet hit on a quarterback that’s obvious to anyone watching at home.

While teams go unpunished for players violating the rules during games, the league is fine with punishing the players after the fact. Once the NFL admitted that Gene Steratore’s officiating crew dropped the ball when Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall launched himself headfirst into Panthers quarterback Cam Newton’s head in last Thursday’s game, it was obvious that a fine would follow.

According to multiple reports, that fine has been issued. Marshall will owe $24,309 for his shot on Newton.

Safety Darian Stewart was fined $18,231 for drilling Panthers quarterback Cam Newton with a helmet-to-helmet hit that was flagged on the field, although there was no real penalty to the Broncos as Newton’s intentional grounding penalty on the same play meant the penalties offset.

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66 Responses to “Brandon Marshall gets his fine for helmet-to-helmet hit on Cam Newton”
  1. laxman1944 says: Sep 14, 2016 12:13 PM

    Wonderful news…….BUT still doesn’t help Cam now

  2. captainspangled says: Sep 14, 2016 12:14 PM

    NFL admitting those kind of flagrant cheap shots are okay. Anything more than that and there would’ve been questions as to how the officials missed it which reflects poorly on the precious Shield.

  3. pamperpro says: Sep 14, 2016 12:16 PM

    Dirty team with ugly orange jerseys.

  4. Mo Pro Babble says: Sep 14, 2016 12:18 PM

    So he gets to affect the outcome of a game with an illegal play, one which is designed to illegally knock a player out of a game, and he walks with a fine that’s chump change for him and the Broncos get away with another *win*.

    I can’t stand Newton for his dancing and the superman shirt pull. Childish nonsense and completely unprofessional, unless you’re a WWE type.

    That said, it was as dirty as it gets. All of those hits.

    Each of those players should have been ejected. Those hits weren’t unlucky, they were dirty play.

    But we know how it works at Mile HiGH. Just like it always has. How is it possible that one team and one team only has a perfect record when Hochuli is wearing the white hat?

  5. kcchefs58 says: Sep 14, 2016 12:19 PM

    Dirty Donkeys

  6. edon8334 says: Sep 14, 2016 12:19 PM

    one of the times Cam got hammered wasn’t a head shot but a gang tackle of 3 players which happened like 2 seconds after he threw the ball..right in the refs face

  7. mmack66 says: Sep 14, 2016 12:21 PM

    I thought Blandino was going to be helping these referees out during the games?

  8. truehoosier62 says: Sep 14, 2016 12:21 PM

    What a bunch of candyasses the NFL has become.

  9. tindeaux says: Sep 14, 2016 12:22 PM

    could’ve been 15 yards penalty and automatic first down. that could’ve made a different outcome of the game…
    Refs get paid a lot, not doing the job right…#smh

    btw, i’m not a donkey’s fan, just for the fairness of the game.

  10. bighoser says: Sep 14, 2016 12:23 PM

    Only $24k when he clearly targeted Cam? I’d target other guys from now on as not only are you “sending a message” but you also got a decent chance to knock out one of the other team’s best players in exchange for either a) a 15 yard penalty, b) a $24k fine or c) both. That’s nothing in the grand scheme of things.

    How to change it? Make targeting reviewable like in college with a 15 yard penalty AND the player missing a minimum of 1 quarter. Then the league office reviews it after the game and the fine for the first offense is half a game check, second is 1 game suspension and goes up from there. That would get their attention and maybe, just maybe, they would look at tackling by wrapping a guy up instead of head hunting.

  11. sbchampsagain says: Sep 14, 2016 12:28 PM

    He’ll appeal and the fine will be cut in half.

  12. cantwriteaboutfools says: Sep 14, 2016 12:29 PM

    How do they come up with these amounts for fines? 24,309 and 18,231 ? weird

  13. shaggytoodle says: Sep 14, 2016 12:30 PM

    Only 2 people fined and one was flagged of those was flagged.

    The refs will NEVER be perfect, but just remember how much worse it could be when the scab refs from a few seasons ago.

  14. buffalobillswest says: Sep 14, 2016 12:40 PM

    Meanwhile…after losing a lucrative endorsement from a local credit union (emphasis on the term “lucrative”), Brandon was able to snag an endorsement from Russell Simmons for pre-paid credit cards, so he should be able to pay this fine.

  15. doggeatdogg says: Sep 14, 2016 12:40 PM

    What took so long. And didn’t he say he would fight the fine.

  16. ilovefoolsball says: Sep 14, 2016 12:41 PM

    Man, losing money, losing endorsements.
    Oppression in America is really real!
    I’ll stand, errrm I mean, kneel with you Marshall!

  17. wizahdry says: Sep 14, 2016 12:41 PM

    Good thing he has endorsement money to fall back on after paying the fine…..oh wait.

  18. pastabelly says: Sep 14, 2016 12:41 PM

    The Saints lost an entire season due to bountygate crap and everyone who watched that game Thursday night knew the Broncos were just taking head shots at Newton. Roger Goodell is so freaking arbitrary that he ignores that BS that was on a prime time game. Denver gets the win and gets out with a cheap fine. It has to be worth it to them and the NFL doesn’t care about concussions or player health. They only fear lawsuits that come from it. If they were serious about this, these wouldn’t be fines. They’d be suspensions.

  19. lapantherfan86 says: Sep 14, 2016 12:44 PM

    But, he said the Broncos weren’t dirty…

  20. aljack88 says: Sep 14, 2016 12:45 PM

    “Only $24k when he clearly targeted Cam?”
    ===============================

    ….add in Darian Stewart’s fine and now it becomes “they”. How long will it be before Talib or some other big mouth blurts out how they game planned those hits to negate Newton?

  21. ncarmchairqb says: Sep 14, 2016 12:46 PM

    Disgraceful. Lots of veterans have gone on record saying the right to sit for anthem is what they fight for (freedoms) and then Marshall plays dirty after sitting for national anthem. What makes him any better than a cop who unleashes a dog on a bicyclist for having no deflector? Or who shoots someone over a traffic ticket. Politics should be kept out of sports because some (certainly not all) players are idiots. If he protests he should play the game by the rules.

  22. yourunclerico says: Sep 14, 2016 12:48 PM

    and the WWNFL marches on, promoting their new favorite product – the denver donkeys.
    sure would be great to see them get targeted the same way they target…

  23. touchdownelvis says: Sep 14, 2016 12:50 PM

    cantwriteaboutfools says:
    Sep 14, 2016 12:29 PM
    How do they come up with these amounts for fines? 24,309 and 18,231 ? weird

    Every year this comes up, so I’ll answer it.

    Originally, 4 years back, these fines would have been 20,000 and 15,000 respectively.

    Each year they go up by five percent, then get rounded down to the nearest dollar.

    So three years ago they were 21,000 and 15,750.

    Two years ago they were 22,050 and 16,537.

    Last year they were 23,152 and 17,363.

  24. motsuret06 says: Sep 14, 2016 12:50 PM

    Good fine and good decision against a couple of Bronco idiots. Lighter in the wallet. Nothing dirty about that.

  25. jrossizzle says: Sep 14, 2016 12:51 PM

    He was trying to show what unessary violence looks like.

  26. junkmtb says: Sep 14, 2016 12:53 PM

    Pennies on a dollar for those fines!! Ridiculous!!

  27. jonwill57 says: Sep 14, 2016 12:54 PM

    I think it’s time the rules committee reviews and changes the rules for Intentional Grounding. The helmet to helmet hit which was offset by Intention Grounding is the one that needs to be tweaked.
    He was outside the tackles, running for his life, to his left but yet the pass has to get back to the line of scrimmage? If they really want to reduce hits to QB, give more latitude for throwing the ball away. Furthermore, personal fouls should only be offset if committed by both teams.

  28. infectorman says: Sep 14, 2016 12:56 PM

    OK, lets just take an enormous leap and say for a minute that the Broncos aren’t dirty.
    That doesn’t change the fact that they have the PED poster boy on their Team, one Von -PEDboy-Miller.

    Ans they have the only QB in history to admit he had HGH shipped to his residence, and he magically broke all kinds of passing records not long after.

    You do the math…
    Donkeys are tainted…through and through

    Donkeys***
    3 asterisk ridden Lombardis
    What a great organization

  29. jag1959 says: Sep 14, 2016 12:57 PM

    Even the Rams think the Broncos are dirty.

    For informational and educational purposes:
    $18,231 is the minimum fine for roughing the passer
    $24,309 is the minimum for Impermissible Use of the Helmet (incl launching)/Hit on Defenseless Player

    Fine amounts are negotiated with the NFLPA and the Players Association and the league have agreed to donate fine money through the NFL Foundation to the NFL Player Care Foundation and the Gene Upshaw Players Association’s Players Assistance Trust.

  30. gonehoggin says: Sep 14, 2016 12:58 PM

    Broncos, we’re not dirty. We just get alot of fines.

  31. 26predator says: Sep 14, 2016 12:58 PM

    Talk about dropping the ball, Stewart should have gotten the 24k fine, Marshall should have been suspended. There is no excuse for launching himself as he did.

  32. 26predator says: Sep 14, 2016 12:59 PM

    And Brady got four games, wow.

  33. jjackwagon says: Sep 14, 2016 1:00 PM

    Broncos in Pile High getting the non-calls like they always do. Nothing to see here.

  34. nflfan1 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:04 PM

    Dirtiest team in the league. Period.

  35. hooterdawg says: Sep 14, 2016 1:07 PM

    The NFL is going to have to address the violent inequity of a 200 lb. DB attempting to tackle/stop a 250 lb. runaway freight train QB like Newton. The defensive player has to manufacture a means to stop a much heavier, faster opponent without getting seriously injured himself. The NFL has not effectively dealt with the fact that bigger, faster QBs can cause concussive injury to other players as well.

  36. gsopanther says: Sep 14, 2016 1:08 PM

    The way that these head shots are not called against the larger quarterbacks is ridiculous. In baseball when a pitcher beans the opposing teams batter a retaliatory beaning happens……..just saying…..

  37. sopadegato says: Sep 14, 2016 1:13 PM

    Cam is one of the most protected players in the league. He bawls about it, and so does everyone else, but Carolina gets the most roughing the passer calls in the NFL.

    And that’s a fact.

  38. crackinbones says: Sep 14, 2016 1:18 PM

    Can stop this easily, go back to leather helmets and no more leading with the crown will occur.

  39. crackinbones says: Sep 14, 2016 1:23 PM

    sopadegato says:
    Sep 14, 2016 1:13 PM
    Cam is one of the most protected players in the league. He bawls about it, and so does everyone else, but Carolina gets the most roughing the passer calls in the NFL.

    And that’s a fact.
    ===================================
    Cam hasn’t got a roughing the passer call since 2014…stat guru.

  40. metalup666 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:30 PM

    “Carolina gets the most roughing the passer calls in the NFL”

    “And that’s a fact.”

    You sure about that? TB gets a lot of calls in his favor even when a defensive player falls in front of him 5 yards away. He will whine and point claiming the guy was targeting his knee, when the player was clearly nowhere near. Now that sir is a fact!

  41. pantherpro says: Sep 14, 2016 1:37 PM

    Denver dirty punks. We will get you next time!

    Keep pounding

  42. streetyson says: Sep 14, 2016 1:49 PM

    1) I fail to see how these post-game fines help the team that was unfairly subjected to such dirty play. And nor do they deter dirty players/teams. Ejections AND suspensions are needed.
    2) Given the number of dirty incidents over more than a season, I fail to see how this isn’t a dirty game-plan by Wade, so suspend him too, and fine the Donkeys $1M.

  43. latenightroach says: Sep 14, 2016 1:50 PM

    The players who get the hit should get the money

  44. war27 says: Sep 14, 2016 1:59 PM

    sopadegato says:
    Sep 14, 2016 1:13 PM
    Cam is one of the most protected players in the league. He bawls about it, and so does everyone else, but Carolina gets the most roughing the passer calls in the NFL.

    And that’s a fact.

    ——————

    There is an nfl penalty site out there. Cam Newton received exactly ZERO roughing the passer calls in 2015.

  45. Centered00 says: Sep 14, 2016 2:06 PM

    It was OBVIOUS they were trying to take Cam out by their constant head spearing. Glad the NFL office is doing SOMETHING right for a change.

  46. aksully says: Sep 14, 2016 2:12 PM

    I think they were trying to hit him hard because nobody likes him outside of Carolina. That’s what happens when you act like an idiot

  47. bubba703 says: Sep 14, 2016 2:17 PM

    $25K for spearing a QB is like an overdue book fine to such a highly paid player like Marshall. If the NFL really wants to fix the problem, start suspending the goons like Marshall a game for cheap shot like that. Increase it by more games if they repeat it.

  48. denverdave3 says: Sep 14, 2016 2:32 PM

    Too bad for Marshall. It would have been much better to use that money to bridge some of the divide between the cops and Black Lives Matter types with whom he sympathizes.

  49. mmack66 says: Sep 14, 2016 2:38 PM

    aksully says:
    Sep 14, 2016 2:12 PM

    I think they were trying to hit him hard because nobody likes him outside of Carolina. That’s what happens when you act like an idiot
    ————————-

    You must get hit a lot.

  50. trubroncfan07 says: Sep 14, 2016 2:40 PM

    I see all the Carolina fans have taken on Cry baby attitude, just put a skirt on Cam and call it day. NFL should go to flag football.

  51. trubroncfan07 says: Sep 14, 2016 2:42 PM

    Once you leave the pocket you are now a runner. He lowers his head and get hit. I think NFL should just have QB’s stay in the pocket if this is how it going to get called.

  52. kemp13 says: Sep 14, 2016 2:44 PM

    So the hit that was so “obvious” all the refs missed it receives a fine higher than the hit that was actually called a penalty?

    Of course. Makes perfect sense.

  53. bkostela says: Sep 14, 2016 2:50 PM

    “there was no real penalty to the Broncos as Newton’s intentional grounding penalty on the same play meant the penalties offset.”

    The penalty on the Broncos meant that the Panthers got to replay the down, instead of losing 10 yards – not including the yards behind the line of scrimmage that the grounding penalty would have been enforced from – and the down. There likely wouldn’t have even been a chance at a game winning FG without the roughing the passer penalty.

  54. billjoseph2014 says: Sep 14, 2016 3:00 PM

    What does the NFL do with the money they collect from fines? Does it go to a charity or does it line the pockets of the owners? In my opinion, if a fine is levied because of a personal foul, the money should go to the person who suffered from the foul that was committed.

  55. puhleezho says: Sep 14, 2016 3:26 PM

    You can tell your team is current NFL royalty when the masses start to hate on you.
    Broncos
    Patriots
    Seattle
    Carolina

  56. whocares69 says: Sep 14, 2016 3:39 PM

    nflfan1 says:
    Sep 14, 2016 1:04 PM
    Dirtiest team in the league. Period
    ——–
    The Steelers have something to say about that!

  57. milehighmagik7 says: Sep 14, 2016 3:53 PM

    Keep hitting them Broncos. Who cares about thr fines when teams are scared of getting hit. If it wasn’t the case the haters wouldn’t have jumped here so quickly to comment. As you know their hopes of winni g the division rest solely on the Broncos losing. Pathetic I know but true.
    Go Broncos

  58. jgedgar70 says: Sep 14, 2016 3:55 PM

    I grew up a Raiders fan. I came to Charlotte for college and stayed here. When the Panthers started (I was 25 years old at the time), I went all in on the local team. I never completely eliminated my dislike for the Donkeys from my Raider fan days. Now it’s all back. Now I hate them more than the Falcons, Saints and Bucs, and that’s saying something. The Denver Broncos logo is the sign of the antichrist.

    And, once again, I would like to remind aksully, Mo Pro Babble and all the others that share the same mentality – Cam Newton is NOT the first person to do end zone dances. It’s been going on for 50 years. But Cam is the only one you call immature, unprofessional and all the other ridiculous names you call him for doing end zone dances.

    And he certainly doesn’t deserve to have an entire defense targeting his head.

  59. mmack66 says: Sep 14, 2016 3:56 PM

    kemp13 says:
    Sep 14, 2016 2:44 PM

    So the hit that was so “obvious” all the refs missed it receives a fine higher than the hit that was actually called a penalty?
    ———————–

    They didn’t miss it. They just didn’t call it.

    The Donkeys would have lost that game if the refs hadn’t put the blinders on.

  60. solo681 says: Sep 14, 2016 4:15 PM

    The Refs looked the other way on blatant ‘Helmet to Helmet’ hits against Cam to fix the outcome of the game as ordered by NYC Goodel.
    Just as it was done in the AFCCG against the Pats when the Refs suddenly became blind to Broncos flagrant holding and choke lines on the Pats D.
    Goodel has been told to make sure the Pats do not get home field advantage by Irsay, HorseTeeth, and other owners.
    They do not want Brady to get to another SB.

  61. st985 says: Sep 14, 2016 4:24 PM

    Cost of doing business!! I’ll take a Lombardi any day for these pocket change fines!! Figure it out people….These hits are what people want to see and pay good money for and what the NFL encourages… otherwise these hits would truly have some severe consequences. Look out Luck!! Go Broncos!!!

  62. mmack66 says: Sep 14, 2016 4:32 PM

    milehighmagik7 says:
    Sep 14, 2016 3:53 PM

    Keep hitting them Broncos. Who cares about thr fines when teams are scared of getting hit.
    —————————-

    That’s the Donkeys Way.

    And teams aren’t scared of the Donkeys. They are just tired of the obvious double standard from the league and the refs.

    That’s what you get though, when Elway and Goodell are drinking buddies.

  63. mtrhead269 says: Sep 14, 2016 5:00 PM

    Fines don’t really mean all that much, losing playing time is all that matters.

  64. smarterthanyouoryours says: Sep 14, 2016 5:53 PM

    This is how cheap the owners and NFL are.

    Wonder why the fines are odd ball numbers? They’re not, they just add the taxes.

    Marshall $20,000 + $4309 taxes or 21.55%.

    Stewart $15,000 + $3231 taxes or 21.55%

  65. rcali says: Sep 14, 2016 7:05 PM

    Karma.

  66. wpony says: Sep 16, 2016 12:20 PM

    The refs blew the call but until the NFL puts some teeth to the fines the players and teams will just keep doing it if any thing the NFL just put out a hit list on QBS.
    Is there a big game that you have to win and think you need a helping hand send in a back up defense player tell him to take out the QB and you will pay his fine on the qt and he gets more valuable to his coach and your team might win a game they couldn’t have won any other way.
    If its a obvious targeted cheap shot meant to not only hurt some one but to try and end there career the opposing player and coach and team should all be fined with huge fines 1st time offenders player 1/10 there salary, coaches 1/10 there salary plus suspend 1 game, team 1/10 gate of next home game they always have right of appeal and if they can show due cause of why they shouldn’t be punished well thats what appeals are for ,
    I am not talking about accidental hits or even over excited hits those things can happen things you get so caught up that you make mistakes or just plain have the freak accident but there is enough game footage out there to make the call and you can tell . I bet it wouldn’t take many fines like this to clean up the dirty players and teams Now before everybody gets mad at me I love foot ball and been a fan for 60 years but if we dont clean it up and cut down on concussions it wont be here in another 60 yrs. and I used to love the old ruff and tumble NFL if you could stand and use at least half your brain after a hard hit you were good to goo but at the time we just didnt know what we were doing to these poor players futures and yes I can say poor players back in those days they made very little for what they did to ther bodies so in some ways the new NFL is better at least for the player But i do miss the ruff guys like Butkis , Nitschke,Buba smith but time moves on and the NFL must evolve to or go the way of the dinosaur.

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