Update, 4 p.m.: The league confirmed Montgomery’s $10,000 fine and announced that Joseph was fined $7,875.
Original post: Redskins center Will Montgomery said Friday he was fined $10,000 by the NFL for his role in an incident during Monday night’s game involving New York Giants defensive lineman Linval Joseph.
Montgomery said he will appeal his fine.
Joseph pulled one of Montgomery’s legs to try to remove the center from a pileup of players at the end of the third-quarter play on which Redskins tailback Alfred Morris lost a fumble. Montgomery kicked at Joseph with his other leg, and Joseph stepped near but not on Montgomery with Montgomery still on the ground.
“I think I had to protect myself,” Montgomery said Friday. “The guy was dragging me across the ground and potentially twisting my ankle or whatever else. I’m not going to let a guy drag me across the ground. And I can’t push him, obviously, because I’m on the ground. So I used my leg to get him off me.”
It was not immediately known if Joseph was fined or, if so, how much. Montgomery said that didn’t matter to him.
“I’m not worried about it,” Montgomery said. “It is what it is. As far as I’m concerned, it’s over with, besides the appeal. I’m not going to worry about something I can’t affect myself.”