Jets’ Lee fined $45K, Bengals’ Burfict docked $12K for kick

October 27, 2017

New York Jets inside linebacker Darron Lee (58) sacks Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Cutler (6), during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Oct. 22, 2017, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

NEW YORK (AP) — Jets linebacker Darron Lee was fined $36,464 by the NFL on Friday for a roughing the passer penalty and another $9,115 for a facemask call in New York’s loss at Miami last Sunday.

Lee, in his second season, has been fined four times this year for a total of $72,925. His late hit in Week 1 at Buffalo cost him $9,115, while an unnecessary roughness penalty against the Dolphins in Week 3 resulted in him being docked $18,231.

After the game last Sunday, Lee disagreed with the roughing the passer penalty and thought it should have been a sack of Jay Cutler, who was knocked out of the game with cracked ribs on a later hit by Jordan Jenkins. Coach Todd Bowles was asked Friday about whether Lee is a bit overaggressive at times.

“I think Darron’s fine,” Bowles said. “He had two (penalties) and he’s got to cut back. It’s not like he has two every week. A lot of people had a bad day at the office, coaches included. We’ll get better.”

Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson was also fined $12,154 for tossing his helmet in frustration toward the end of the 31-28 loss.

Also from that game, Miami defensive lineman Ndamukong Suh was fined $9,115 for a facemask penalty.

Cincinnati linebacker Vontaze Burfict added to his lengthy list of infractions, receiving a fine of $12,154 for kicking at the head of Pittsburgh fullback Roosevelt Nix.

Burfict avoided a suspension, but this marked the 10th time he has been disciplined by the league — resulting in more than $2.6 million that the linebacker has had to pay.

Kansas City cornerback Marcus Peters was fined $9,115 for the unnecessary roughness hit that caused the flare-up last week against Oakland, and resulted in Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch being suspended for a game.

Tampa Bay cornerback Robert McClain has to pay $24,309 for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Buffalo wide receiver Deonte Thompson in the fourth quarter last Sunday. McClain ended up with a concussion and won’t play this weekend as a result of the hit, which also was called for a 15-yard penalty on the Buccaneers.

Indianapolis’ Jon Bostic and Green Bay’s Kentrell Bruce were each fined $18,231 for horse-collar tackles in their games, while Atlanta’s Adrian Clayborn was docked the same for a roughing the passer penalty against New England’s Tom Brady.

New Orleans defensive lineman David Onyemata was fined $12,154 for unsportsmanlike conduct after he tried to pull Green Bay receiver Randall Cobb off a pile of players after Cobb fumbled.

Also each fined $9,115 this week were: Seattle’s Mark Glowinski (unnecessary roughness), Indianapolis’ Antonio Morrison (facemask), Chicago’s Akiem Hicks (facemask), the Chargers’ Russell Okung (unnecessary roughness) and Denver’s Zaire Anderson (facemask).


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