NEW YORK — Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was fined $21,000 for abusive conduct toward a game official, and another $10,000 for kicking Oakland’s Tommy Kelly after a play was over. Newton shouted at and bumped referee Jerome Boger in the fourth quarter of Carolina’s 17-6 victory.
Newton apologized after the game, saying “the words that I said during the game were very disrespectful and I apologized to (Boger) during the game, but I’m going public and apologizing again. It was something in the heat of the moment.”
Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy was fined $25,000 for striking Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer in the back with his helmet. Palmer suffered cracked ribs and a bruised lung on the play, and will not play in the team’s season finale. Carolina safety Charles Godfrey was fined $21,000 for striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area.
New England’s Vince Wilfork was docked $30,000 for hitting Jacksonville offensive lineman Steve Vallos in the head with his forearm on a play in which possession changed.
Tennessee defensive tackle Sen’Derrick Marks was fined $7,875 for a facemask against Green Bay.
Houston cornerback Kareem Jackson was fined $21,000 for unnecessary roughness for hitting Minnesota wide receiver Jarius Wright in the head and neck area. Safety Danieal Manning was fined $10,000 for grabbing an opponent by the facemask.
Minnesota offensive tackle Matt Kalil was fined $10,000 for striking an opponent late against Houston.
San Francisco’s Anthony Davis was fined $10,000 for a late hit on Seattle cornerback Jeremy Lane.