Cushing fined $10k for hit on Newton

The NFL fined Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing $10,000 for his hit on Carolina quarterback Cam Newton at the end of the first quarter in the Panthers 28-13 win at Reliant Stadium in Week 15.

Cushing was penalized for roughing the passer on the play and the league said he was fined for hitting the quarterback in the head and neck area.

Cushing told in a text message Friday that he was appealing the fine.