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.
Fines for Week 8: Atl’s Osi Umeniyora $15,750; Atl’s William Moore $15,750; Det’s Joe Fauria $7,875; Sea’s Golden Tate $7,875.
— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) November 1, 2013
That’s a reasonably low fine. What did Fauria do? Some kind of uniform violation?
#Lions TE Joseph Fauria fined $7,875 for striking an opponent late last week
— Dave Birkett (@davebirkett) November 1, 2013
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?