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Friday, December 20, 2013
Cherilus fined for punching J.J. Watt

By Tania Ganguli

In the fourth quarter of the Houston Texans' 25-3 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, Colts right tackle Gosder Cherilus got caught punching Texans defensive end J.J. Watt apparently in the ribs.

Today we learn he also was fined $7,875 for striking an opponent with his fists.

Watt pointed out the action to an official and Cherilus was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. That penalty came after a 2-yard run by Trent Richardson and since it was after the play ended, the Colts lost the down and gave the ball back to the Texans two plays later.

"I don’t really get into those things as far as trying to punish a player or not," Texans interim head coach Wade Phillips said on Monday, when asked. The league sees all those things. They evaluate every penalty in a game and they fine people for whatever penalties they deem correct. I’m not going to overstep the league there on that.”

While the Texans have been on a penalty tear lately, most recently with 14 penalties last weekend, they aren't committing the kinds of on-field penalties that result in fines.