After the Lions’ Thanksgiving win over the Packers, Detroit linebacker DeAndre Levy said of a penalty he got for a hit on a defenseless receiver, “It’s a joke.”
Apparently the league office didn’t find anything funny about it.
Levy has been fined $15,750 for the hit, which he delivered on Packers tight end Ryan Taylor while Taylor was in a defenseless posture.
Although Levy tried to get his helmet to the side and lead with his shoulder as Taylor caught the ball, Levy did make contact with Taylor’s helmet. The bottom line in the NFL these days is if you make contact with a defenseless receiver’s helmet, you should expect a 15-yard penalty and a deduction in your paycheck.