NFL Fines Rams' Incognito For Actions vs. the Redskins
Saturday, October 18, 2008
St. Louis offensive lineman Richie Incognito, who drew the ire of several Redskins for what they perceived to be his dirty play in the Rams' victory over Washington last week, incurred three fines from the NFL totaling $35,000 for his actions in that game, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
Incognito was fined $25,000 for "repeated verbal abuse of a game official," according to the source (Incognito received a personal foul late in the game, moving back the eventual game-winning field goal by 15 yards).
He was also fined $5,000 for a "major face-mask" that occurred on an extra-point attempt in the second quarter of the Rams' 19-17 win, and resulted in a 15-yard penalty on the ensuing kickoff just before halftime.
Incognito additionally was fined $5,000 for a chop block, according to the source. That occurred on a pass play in the second quarter of the game as well, and was not penalized on the field, but was detected on film of the game (a chop block is normally a 15-yard penalty).
After Sunday's game, Incognito seemed baffled as to why he was hit with a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty with just seconds remaining and the Rams on the 17-yard line, about to kick a game-winning field goal. The penalty forced St. Louis back to the 32 and forced place kicker Josh Brown to make a much longer field goal, which he did.
"I cannot explain it," Incognito said.
He said as Rams quarterback Marc Bulger kneeled to run out the clock, setting up the field goal, several Redskins players tried to swat the ball from his hands, causing a minor scrum between players from both teams. Incognito said running back Stephen Jackson was trying to pull him away from the scuffle when the flag was dropped.
There were no other fines resulting from the game, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.