Friday, December 6, 2013
Matthews fined for unpenalized hit
By Rob Demovsky
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Not only was Green Bay Packers cornerback Tramon Williams fined $26,250 for shoving an official in the Thanksgiving loss at the Detroit Lions, but outside linebacker Clay Matthews also was docked $15,750 for his hit on a defenseless player.
Matthews’ hit came on a pass play to running back Joique Bell with 8:57 left in the third quarter. Matthews appeared to lower his helmet when he hit Bell and broke up the pass. He was not penalized on the play.
It was Matthews’ third fine of the season, but he had one of those cut in half and another wiped out all together.
Three Lions players were fined, according to an NFL spokesman. They were: receiver Kris Durham ($7,850 for grabbing Williams’ helmet by the earhole), safety Glover Quin ($7,850 for a late hit against receiver Jordy Nelson) and linebacker DeAndre Levy ($15,750 for unnecessary roughness, hitting tight end Ryan Taylor).