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NEW YORK (AP) — New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson was fined $20,000 by the NFL on Friday for unnecessary roughness — throwing punches — in a fight that resulted in him being ejected against the Green Bay Packers.
Wilkerson was tossed when he got into it with Packers players in the third quarter of Green Bay's 31-24 victory last Sunday. Wilkerson was called for an unsportsmanlike conduct, as was teammate Sheldon Richardson.
The penalty on Richardson was declined, but the defensive lineman was fined $8,268 on Friday for unnecessary roughness: grabbing an opponent's facemask after the play.
Packers tight end Andrew Quarless was also docked $8,268 for unnecessary roughness after he ripped off Richardson's helmet during the shoving match.
San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick was fined $11,025 for using "inappropriate language" after a play against Chicago last Sunday night.
Kaepernick, who has said he will appeal the fine, was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct after he threw an interception in the fourth quarter of the 49ers' 28-20 loss to the Bears. He and Chicago defensive end Lamarr Houston went at it, but Houston acknowledged that Kaepernick didn't say anything offensive or out of line.
St. Louis linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar was fined $16,537 for a hit on Tampa Bay quarterback Josh McCown. Giants linebacker Jameel McClain was docked $8,268 for a late hit on Arizona quarterback Drew Stanton.
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