Wilkerson wins appeal of fine for hitting Locker

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When Titans quarterback Jake Locker was hurt on a play on which he was hit by Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples of the Jets, Locker said the hits were clean and he didn’t want either player fined. But NFL Vice President of Operations Merton Hanks disagreed, and fined both players.

However, there’s good news, at least for Wilkerson: Manish Mehta of the New York Daily News reports that Wilkerson has won his appeal of the fine.

There’s no word on whether Coples has successfully appealed his own fine or not, but it’s not surprising that Wilkerson won his appeal: The referee was right on top of it and didn’t throw a flag, and Locker didn’t think there was anything wrong with it, so it makes sense that the appeals officer (either Matt Birk or Ted Cottrell) would rescind the fine.

The big question is why Hanks thought the fine was necessary in the first place.