Today the NFL handed out their fines from last week’s games. Even though the Eagles played a clean game against the New York Giants, Defensive End Michael Bennett was fined over $20,000.
#Eagles DL Michael Bennett was fined $20,054 for roughing Eli Manning. #Texans LB Whitney Mercilus was NOT fined for the hit that injured Josh Allen — one that Sean McDermott protested. Also, #Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders was fined $10,026 for his critical taunting penalty.
— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 20, 2018
This is the play that Bennett was fined for, in case you wanted to remember how ridiculous the initial penalty was on Thursday night.
This rule is ridiculous pic.twitter.com/e53uhqXgdi
— The Bitter Birds (@AdrianFedkiw) October 12, 2018
The NFL wants players like Bennett to avoid putting their full body weight on Quarterbacks. They would rather defensive players injure themselves than have a higher risk of a Quarterback suffering an injury.
Luckily the penalty in the game didn’t end up costing the Eagles much – they forced the Giants to a field goal and were able to cruise to a 34-13 win. Now Bennett will need to fork up some cash, and will have to try to learn how to sack Quarterbacks without touching them.