According to Tom Pelissero of USA Today, the NFL is back at it again. Of course, that could mean any number of things in the Roger Goodell era, but in this case, it means fining players for on-field activities during the first week of the 2013 preseason.
Reportedly, $15,750 is the highest “class” fines in this installment, and that special honor was bestowed on five separate players. Chargers guard Johnnie Troutman (“peelback” block), Titans DL Nigel Nicholas, Steelers linebacker Jason Worilds, Redskins DL Chris Baker, and Lions linebacker Travis Lewis are the special quintet that received the top fine amount, but the fun didn’t stop there.
In addition, there were at least 10 players (that we know of) fined more than $7,000 around the league. Those ranged from a $10,000 fine for the infamous Bernard Pollard on the heels of a late hit, to Redskins tight end Fred Davis being fined $7,875 for the always exciting “unsportsmanlike conduct”.
Unfortunately, fines of this nature should be expected at this point. It won’t always make the news when small fines are doled out, but the players must learn to avoid specific activities (more than half of the fines were for late hits, for example) to skirt financial penalty. This list will be growing by the week, and we will be here to inform you.