Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Starter Pack: No word on fine for Matthews
By Rob Demovsky
A roundup of what’s happening on the Green Bay Packers beat.
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- The NFL planned to review the hit Packers linebacker Clay Matthews put on San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick during Sunday’s game, but the league made no announcement about any fine or disciplinary action on Tuesday.
Perhaps they were too busy dealing with Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, who was fined a whopping $100,000 for his hit on Minnesota Vikings center John Sullivan on Sunday.
If Matthews is fined, which is likely, don’t expect it to be anywhere in the neighborhood of Suh’s penalty. Matthews doesn’t have a history of disciplinary problems like Suh does.
The NFL typically announces fines on Friday, but Matthews likely would have received notice of a fine by now.
Our ESPN coverage included the playing-time report from Week 1 with snap counts for every player who appeared in the game against the 49ers, plus the weekly Power Rankings, in which the Packers dropped two spots, and Aaron Rodgers, from his weekly radio show, talking about the tackle he made after his interception at San Francisco.
In the Green Bay Press-Gazette, Pete Dougherty’s analysis focused on Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III, who is coming of reconstructive knee surgery. Dougherty wrote: “Last year, there wouldn’t have been much difference between playing against Griffin and Colin Kaepernick, two of the young starting quarterbacks who revolutionized NFL play calling with their combination of big-league throwing talent and a halfback’s running ability. But after Kaepernick beat them in the regular-season opener last week in San Francisco, the Packers this week won’t see the same Griffin who was the NFL’s offensive rookie of the year in 2012 for the Washington Redskins.”