- Mike Sando, NFL Insider
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Pettis absorbed two brutal hits from the Washington Redskins while fielding punts in Week 4. The NFL responded by levying a $20,000 fine against Niles Paul and a $15,000 fine against Perry Riley. Paul's hit was helmet-to-helmet.
Both hits drew 15-yard penalties for unnecessary roughness. In both cases, the NFL ruled Pettis to have been a defenseless player under the circumstances.
The NFL levied another fine, this one against Redskins defensive lineman Rob Jackson, for a hit on Rams quarterback Sam Bradford. The league ruled Jackson had driven Bradford to the ground unnecessarily. That fine was for $15,000, bringing the total to $50,000 in known fines against Redskins players for this game.
These were in addition to a $25,000 fine against San Francisco 49ers tackle Anthony Davis for two tripping penalties, and a $15,000 fine against the Philadelphia Eagles' Jason Babin for a hit on 49ers quarterback Alex Smith.