Middleton fined $5K for helmet-to-helmet hit

Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Will Middleton has been

fined $5,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Oakland Raiders

quarterback Jason Campbell.

Middleton received notification from the NFL on Wednesday, three

days after he sacked Campbell in the fourth quarter of a 38-31

victory. The hit caused a fumble that teammate Terrance Knighton

returned for an apparent touchdown. It was nullified, though,

because Middleton was flagged after his helmet hit Campbell’s

facemask. Campbell left the game with a stinger and a headache.

Jaguars Coach Jack Del Rio says he’s disappointed Middleton got

fined, adding that ”I almost think he ought to get a rebate.”

Middleton accepts the fine and says, ”It’s just part of the

game. It’s what the official saw. It’s not my call.”