NFL Fines Friday: Joseph Fauria Fined for Personal Foul

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

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?

Topics: Detroit Lions, Joseph Fauria, NFL Fines

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  • Aaron Thompson

    and in the same game Leary gets away with this….

    tell me the NFL doesn’t have a double standard….

    • Kellen Dunkelberger

      It’s not a double standard it’s just that being in a Lions uniform is part of the standard.

    • Dean Holden

      Oh, it most certainly does. I raged a couple weeks ago on the topic. http://sidelionreport.com/2013/10/18/nfl-fines-friday-quentin-groves-fined-near-identical-suh-hit/

      But that doesn’t mean the NFL was wrong for catching Fauria. His fine was half of the standard $15K personal foul fine, which indicates they wanted to send him a message, but not come down too hard on him. I’ve seen people get away with worse than what Fauria did, and the Lions are obviously under a microscope, but that doesn’t mean the NFL is wrong here, it just means they’re wrong in missing similar instances of the exact same call.

  • Kellen Dunkelberger

    Wait it’s the right call?
    What the hell does he do?

    • Dean Holden

      It’s not much (at all), but at the end of the play Fauria comes in and shoves Barry Church (#42) into the pile from behind, after Church appeared to have pulled up on the play. It wasn’t hard or dangerous, but was a bit of a cheap shot, and unnecessary. Fauria was only fined half of what a typical personal foul gets, so the league office agreed that it wasn’t too bad, they’re just trying to keep order.

      That said, it’d be great if the NFL would be consistent in penalizing this kind of stuff throughout the league. I’m still waiting on a statement about why Jon Bostic wasn’t fined for spearing Kris Durham on the ground.

      • Herman Moore

        One of the most obvious fouls you’ll ever see, too… it’s not like it was in the middle of the pile, or away from the ball, or any of that: he was laying on the field in full view with every eye in the stadium on him.

      • Kellen Dunkelberger

        I’ve tried to see it, I cannot even see it happening. I’ll accept your description.

  • LionsFan73

    I had to look at that video 5 times to even see that anything happened. Ok, he touched him lightly in the back as the pile was still moving around and 42 stumbled forward. Big deal! Matthews gets a $15K fine for announcing he is going after Kaepernick ahead of time, launches himself at his neck, brings him down 20ft. out of bounds and then is punching another guy in the helmet who is just standing there and not fighting back (not effective but a big no-no in the rules). But he is on the “golden boys” and “not a dirty player” like all of the Lions according to the NFL. Obviously, we need to start really going after QB’s and try to take them out of the game instead of these insignificant hits. It is less than twice the fine. Insane.