It’s Friday, and that means players from around the league are learning how much of their game checks they get to donate to the NFL.
This week, Israel Idonije is in the spotlight for the Detroit Lions, drawing a $15,750 fine (the standard amount for a 15-yard violation) for a leg-whip on Aaron Rodgers in the second quarter. The infraction was not penalized in-game, but was apparently caught by the league office later. This marks the fifth week out of five in which the Lions were fined for something. Draw your own conclusions (and debate them with me in the comments).
Meanwhile, Ndamukong Suh, who was flagged for tripping in the first quarter, was not fined, perhaps because Suh would have been unlikely to commit the tripping penalty had he not been the victim of a blown holding call. I’m not sure anyone expected he would be fined regardless, since tripping is not generally harmful to player safety. At least not on the same level as a helmet blow.
Packers safety Jerron McMillian was also fined $15,750 for a blow to a defenseless Tony Scheffler late in the fourth quarter. He was flagged in the game for unnecessary roughness. This is the first time a Lions opponent has been fined for anything that has happened in a game.
That rounds out the NFL fines for this week, so let’s see how the Lions and their opponents stack up in fines thus far this season, according to Spotrac.com.
Ndamukong Suh — 1 fine/$100,000
Rest of Detroit Lions — 7 fines/$73,000
Detroit Lions Opponents — 1 fine/$15,750
Check back next Friday, as I will update this tracker with whatever fallout follows from the Detroit/Cleveland game.