As it happens every Saturday afternoon, the NFL’s fine for the previous week has come out. After the Cleveland Browns victory over the Pittsburgh Steelers, DE Myles Garrett was fined for a hit on QB Mitchell Trubisky despite no flag being called on the play. In the same game, Steelers OL Chukwuma Okorafor jumped on the back of Browns LB Anthony Walker Jr. while he lay, injured, on the field.
Two fines came out from last week’s loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Both teams had a player fined for a facemask penalty: Cleveland’s CB Denzel Ward and Atlanta’s WR Drake London:
#Browns Denzel Ward was fined $10,609 for face mask vs. Falcons.— Scott Petrak ct (@ScottPetrak) October 8, 2022
Falcons WR Drake London was fined $10,609 for face mask.
Neither facemask penalty seemed overly egregious by either player which makes the fines questionable. It will be interesting if either or both players will appeal the fine for a standard penalty.
The Browns face off with the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 5 while the Falcons travel to Tampa Bay to take on Tom Brady and the Buccaneers.
Are you surprised these penalties led to fines?