Rams defensive lineman Chris Long received the biggest fine Friday, $15,750 for unnecessary roughness for throwing a punch during a skirmish in the third quarter of St. Louis’ 30-15 loss. Long was penalized and ejected after he was caught swinging his right hand at Panthers guard Chris Scott as players from both sides were pushing and shoving.
Long’s fine may have been the biggest of the game, but it sure wasn’t the only one. Also receiving fines for St. Louis were wide receiver Brian Quick, and guard Harvey Dahl. Each received fines of $7,875, Quick’s was for “striking an opponent in the face,” while Dahl’s was for a late hit.
Over on Carolina, wide receiver Steve Smith, and safety Mike Mitchell were also fined for their actions during the game. Smith was fined $7,875 for “striking an opponent in the face,” much like Quick. Mitchell’s fine came after he was caught taunting; he will also have to pay $7,875.
There have been a lot of fines passed out this season, and we are only approaching the half way mark. There’s still plenty of football left to be played; who knows how much more money the NFL will charge in the coming weeks.