Friday, September 28, 2012
Von Miller piling up fines
By Bill Williamson
Von Miller is one of the NFL’s best young players. He is also becoming one of the NFL’s most fined players.
The second-year Denver pass-rusher was fined $15,750 for roughing the passer in a 31-25 loss to the Texans last Sunday when he hit quarterback Matt Schaub. Specifically, Miller unnecessarily drove the quarterback to the ground, an NFL spokesman said.
Miller -- the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year in 2011 -- has been fined at least $63,250 in his short NFL career.
The NFL fined Miller, according to a league spokesman, $7,500 for unnecessary roughness in Denver’s 45-10 loss at New England in an AFC divisional playoff game last season. Miller was fined at least three times last season, including $25,000 for a November hit on Jets quarterback Mark Sanchez.
Miller addressed his bad habit of earning fines last year, but it looks like he has more work to do in the area.
Miller’s hit on Schaub came just before fellow Denver linebacker Joe Mays hit Schaub with a helmet-to-helmet shot in which Schaub lost a piece of his ear. Mays was suspended for Sunday’s home game against Oakland and fined $50,000 by the NFL. Both Miller and Mays were penalized 15 yards by the replacement officials on the plays.