Denver Broncos linebacker Wesley Woodyard was fined $15,750 by the NFL for roughing the passer on a helmet-to-helmet hit on the quarterback last Sunday against the Washington Redskins, according to a person familiar with the situation.
Woodyard’s fine letter does not specify which Redskins quarterback was on the receiving end of Woodyard’s hit, the person said. But Woodyard had a fourth-quarter hit on Redskins backup quarterback Kirk Cousins that appeared to fit that description, although no penalty was called during the game.
“It all happened so fast,” Cousins said Wednesday. “I feel like I’ve taken hits like that before. When I got up, I didn’t think anything of it. I patted him on the helmet and said, ‘Good hit,’ and just kept going. Then I saw after the game I had a lot of texts from people not saying anything about the interception, not saying anything about the loss. All they said was, ‘Boy, that was quite a hit.’ And I thought, ‘Man, it must have looked worse than it was.’ I didn’t have any repercussions from it. But it did look pretty bad once I saw it.”
Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton was not fined for the fourth-quarter hit that knocked Redskins starting quarterback Robert Griffin III from the game with an injured left knee. No penalty was called on Knighton on that hit.
Denver defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson and defensive end Malik Jackson were fined $7,875 apiece for late hits against the Redskins.