Oct 20, 2013; Detroit, MI, USA; Detroit Lions tight end Joseph Fauria (80) celebrates after catching a pass during the first quarter against the Cincinnati Bengals at Ford Field. Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

NFL Fines Friday: Joseph Fauria Fined for Personal Foul

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Last week, the Detroit Lions were able to go an entire week without anyone pulling in a FedEx package from the league office.

That was last week. This week, the NFL office has decided to welcome Joe Fauria to the league with a $7,875 fine for a personal foul against Dallas.

That’s a reasonably low fine. What did Fauria do? Some kind of uniform violation?

Ah, right. It’s easy to forget he even played against Dallas, since he didn’t show up on any of the Lions’ red zone trips, but he did. He was flagged in the third quarter for a personal foul on the play where Calvin Johnson fumbled.

It’s the right call, you can watch the play here. Fauria comes in and hits a guy from behind after the play is effectively dead. It wasn’t a big or dangerous hit, but it was unnecessary, and the fine reflects that.

With Fauria’s fine tallied up, here’s what the scoreboard looks like:

Ndamukong Suh — 2 fines/$131,500

Rest of Detroit Lions — 8 fines/$80,875

Detroit Lions Opponents — 1 fine/$15,750

Luckily, the Lions should be able to avoid league discipline next week, unless things go really sour in Ndamukong Suh’s video conference with the league this week. At this point, would the headline “Ndamukong Suh Fined for Talking With League Officials” surprise anyone?

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