The NFL has fined Washington Redskins safety Reed Doughty $15,000 for a hit on Minnesota Vikings quarterback Christian Ponder in last Sunday’s game.

On the play late in the first quarter, Ponder took off scrambling and started sliding to avoid being tackled. Doughty laid a hit on the quarterback and was flagged for unnecessary roughness.

After the game, Doughty contended that he already was in the act of tackling and didn’t have time to avoid coming in contact with Ponder.

Later in the game, linebacker London Fletcher knocked Ponder out of the game with a legal hit that left the passer with a concussion.