While we all try to put the disappointment that was last Sunday behind us guys like Jerome Boyd have to relive their worst nightmare all over again. Aside from Boyd being one of the men burned late on a big gain by Calvin Johnson, the former Oregon Duck will have to pay a heavy price for his personal foul committed during a kick return.
The NFL has hit Boyd, a former two year vet of the practice squad, with a $20,000 fine for his blindside block that negated a big return.
Myself personally, I’m not throwing a flag. Kick coverage is a brutal aspect of the game. So long as nothing intentionally dirty occurs then the refs should swallow their whistles.
But this is the Goodell era where player safety has been pushed to the front burner thanks to a few pending lawsuits against the league.
But I digress…
Unlike his teammate Richard Seymour, who can afford these fines, Boyd’s tally will take a hefty chunk of his check. Guys like Boyd who arrive in the NFL as undrafted are promised nothing expect that they’ll be treated the same as every other player when it comes to league punishment. Goodell kept his end of the bargain.
In addition to Boyd, Aaron Curry was also slapped with a fine for $7,500 due to his excessive celebration after scoring his late meaningless TD.