NFL fines Josh Morgan $7,875 for unsportsmanlike conduct penalty

September 21, 2012

The NFL fined Washington Redskins wide receiver Josh Morgan $7,875 for his unsportsmanlike conduct penalty late in last Sunday’s loss at St. Louis, a person familiar with the situation said Friday.


Josh Morgan (Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Morgan said Wednesday that he’d been fined by the league but he didn’t know the amount.
A person with knowledge of the situation said then that players typically are fined $7,875 for such infractions but the amount was not confirmed in Morgan’s case until Friday.

Morgan was penalized for throwing the ball at Rams cornerback Cortland Finnegan after a play. The penalty eliminated the Redskins from taking a fourth-and-one gamble in Rams territory and left kicker Billy Cundiff attempting a 62-yard field goal.

He missed and the Redskins lost, 31-28.

Morgan received threatening messages on Twitter after the penalty. He said Wednesday he was aware of the death threats but didn’t take them seriously or think he was at risk.

Redskins linebacker Lorenzo Alexander was fined $15,750 for unnecessary roughness during the Rams game. Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins was fined $15,750 and defensive lineman Robert Quinn was fined $7,875, both for unnecessary roughness.

Jenkins was fined for a hit to the head of Redskins tight end Fred Davis that was not penalized during the game, a person familiar with the fine said.

Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan said Monday the hit on Davis deserved a penalty. Shanahan and Redskins players said they thought the replacement officials lost control of the game. Redskins rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III accused Rams defenders of taking cheap shots on him.

Mark Maske covers the NFL for The Washington Post.
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Mark Maske · September 21, 2012