Fine Updates: Simmons, Fisher, Williams, Bosa

The NFL will not fine Titans defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons for conduct during Tennessee’s 28-12 victory in the divisional playoff round, according to Jamison Hensley of ESPN. After the contest, Ravens offensive guard Marshal Yanda accused Simmons of spitting on him during the contest. Per Hensley, the NFL found no evidence to substantiate those claims.

For what it’s worth, Simmons did not deny spitting on Yanda when he was asked about it on Wednesday. Had the NFL prooved that Simmons had indeed spit in his opponent’s face, he would have been subject to an unsportsmanlike conduct fine of $14,037.

A few other players were unable to avoid hits to their checkbooks:

  • Chiefs offensive tackle Eric Fisher went viral online after he celebrated by pouring beer over himself during Kansas City’s divisional round victory over the Texans. While the NFL shared Fisher’s celebration on its official Twitter account, it appears the NFL’s marketers and executors of the codes of conduct are not on the same page. Fisher was fined $14,037 by the league on Saturday, when the league announced this week’s round of fines, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.
  • Fisher was not the lone Chiefs player to receive a fine for a celebration, running back Damien Williams received a $10,527 fine for taunting, according to Tom Pelissero of After he scored his third touchdown in last week’s game, he placed the ball directly in front of a Texan defensive lineman, which cost the team a fifteen-yard penalty and now will cost Williams more than ten thousand dollars.
  • Defensive end Nick Bosa was fined $28,025 for an illegal blindside block in the 49ers 27-10 victory over the Vikings in last week’s divisional round, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk. Normally a defensive player would not be subject to such a fine, but after his defensive teammate, Richard Sherman, intercepted one of Kirk Cousins passes, Bosa got overzealous in a block on offensive tackle Brian O’Neill that forced O’Neill to leave the game for a couple of series.
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17 comments on “Fine Updates: Simmons, Fisher, Williams, Bosa

  1. Ed "The Mythical One"

    There is speculation that Yanda will retire. He’s not going to. The Ravens face the Titans again next season. He’s gonna play that game and lower the boom on the player who performed that disgusting act.

      • Ed "The Mythical One"

        Yanda was there. He knows what happened. Simmons didn’t deny anything. Yanda won’t care what the NFL thinks. Players police things. Simmons is on the radar.

        • crosseyedlemon

          Players don’t police anything now. Decades ago veterans would police the younger players on the roster and keep them from hurting the team with idiot behavior but those days are long gone. If Yanda even looks the wrong way at Simmons he will have to deal with accusations of racism so he better carry extra tissues.

          • Ed "The Mythical One"

            Players don’t police anything. Sure. Like players help their QB when somebody goes after them. Do you even watch football? Have you ever played football aside from in your back yard? There are ways to send a message to a player without getting into a fight with them. Yanda plays next to Zeus Jr. and I am sure they can double team block him into the turf and there’s nothing the NFL can do about it because it would be completely legal.

            • crosseyedlemon

              Nothing screams PUNK louder than having to get someone to fight your battles for you. If executing a double team is the best Yanda can offer, then he’s better off retiring.

  2. Brad

    That Williams fine. Seems a little ridiculous. Not like he “mooned” the fans.

    • greg7274

      Personally, I thought the penalty was over the top.
      He said nothing. He placed the ball near where it would be spotted, had the Chiefs gone for 2 points.
      The refs have to stop being swayed by crybaby players lobbying for a flag. The Texans D Lineman looked like such child …crybaby tattling.

      • myaccount

        That’s not how that works, Greg. I assume everyone knew right away what Williams was doing. That’s 15 yards and a fine every time.

  3. davepond88

    Budweiser is also donating the amount of Fisher’s fine to the charity of his choice.

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