The NFL just announced that defensive end Jared Allen was fined $50,000 for “two plays considered roughing the passer,” according to an NFL spokesman.
“In both instances, he struck the opposing quarterback below the knee area,” a spokesperson said in an email.
Allen hit Texans quarterback Matt Schaub both times. Schaub suffered a torn MCL on one of the hits in the first half. Texans coach Gary Kubiak and Schaub both said they thought the hits were illegal and cheap shots.
The NFL spokesman sent this ruling in his email:
“His actions violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 12(5) of the NFL Official Playing Rules: “A rushing defender who has an unrestricted path to the passer from any direction is prohibited from forcibly hitting the passer in the knee area or below.”
The spokesman said in a letter to Allen, NFL Director of Football Operations Gene Washington noted that Allen was fined $5,000 for jumping on a pile at the end of a play in a game against Chicago on Oct. 19.
Allen acknowledged after practice today that he had been fined but he declined to answer any questions until after his appeal is heard.
The largest fine in the NFL this year was $50,000 to Eric Smith of the Jets for hitting Cards receiver Anquan Boldin in the head on Sept. 28. Giants receiver Plaxico Burress was fined $45,000 for abusing officials in a game against San Francisco on Oct. 19.
Note: The Vikings worked out receiver Derek Hagan today at Winter Park. Hagan, a third-round pick by Miami in 2006, was released by the Dolphins last week. The former Arizona State standout had 373 yards receiving in 16 games with the Dolphins last season.