Cody Ford says fine from blindside block in playoffs was reduced

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Bills right tackle Cody Ford was flagged for a costly illegal blindside block during overtime the team’s playoff loss to the Texans and the costs of the penalty kept rising after the game.

Ford’s penalty knocked the Bills out of field goal range and he was fined $28,075 for the infraction in the days after the Bills season came to an end. Many people took issue with the penalty and the fine, which Ford appealed to the league.

That appeal was a partially successful one. Ford didn’t get the fine dropped entirely, but announced on Twitter that the fine was reduced to just over $4,000. Ford also announced that money donated to a GoFundMe account started by Bills fans hoping to pay off Ford’s fine would be donated to charity.

Ford was a second-round pick last year and spent his rookie year as a starter in Buffalo. He had right shoulder surgery after the end of the season.

8 responses to “Cody Ford says fine from blindside block in playoffs was reduced

  1. These fines that get reduced..: lead me to believe that the league is playing both hands.. its a crap call or at best, a borderline call and they agree but can’t eliminate the fine all together because that would undermine the crap jobs the refs do in impacting the outcome of a game. Why else would the fine be reduced by 24k?

  2. I think with the blindside block rule, like OPI and targeting, and roughing the passer, the question of whether or not it’s a penalty is not answered by reviewing what actually happened, but rather questions like: “Who did it, what team do they play on, who did they do it to, what was the score in the game, how much time was left?, etc. These rules clearly aren’t intended to make the players safer since they are so arbitrary, and they just give the games more randomness and increase the impact of the referees. Maybe the league likes that, who knows. It can help keep the games more competitive since a few timely penalty calls can help a team in danger of being blown out back in the game.

  3. My Bills always find a way to lose, just like my Sabres.

    All we do is lose.

  4. billswillmovesoonandiwillcrylikeababy says:

    February 20, 2020 at 3:40 pm

    My Bills always find a way to lose, just like my Sabres.

    All we do is lose.
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    Poor Joe, nice username buddy, Sabres just beat the Maple Laughs 6-2. They kind of remind me like those choke Raiders you root for and that bust QB you have!!

  5. It shouldn’t have been a penalty in the first place. Maybe they should reduce the paycheck on the officials when flag such bs penalties.

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