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Sunday, October 6, 2013
No fines for hits that injured Hoyer, Manuel

By ESPN.com staff

Three quarterbacks were lost to injury this past week, but the message from the NFL proved that while passers are a protected species in the NFL they also have to protect themselves on the run.

Proof: Jake Locker's hip injury in the pocket resulted in fines to the Jets' Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples. The Browns' Brian Hoyer tore his ACL on an awkward slide to unsuccessfully avoid a hit from Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso.

Then Bills quarterback EJ Manuel was lost for a month or more when he was hit square on the knee by Browns safety Tashaun Gipson, who suggested after the game it was a payback hit.

Nevertheless, the league has confirmed to ESPN's Chris Mortensen that neither Gipson nor Alonso was fined and determined officials also were correct in not throwing penalty flags on the plays that hurt Hoyer and Manuel.