Bengals players aren’t new to receiving fines as a result of their in-game actions and once again, the latest game has caused three players on the team to receive fine notices from the NFL.
According to Jay Morrison of The Dayton Daily News, safety Shawn Williams, linebacker Marquis Flowers and cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick were all fined as a result of rule-breaking actions in the the Bengals’ tie with the Redskins in London.
3 #Bengals fined for their actions in Sunday's game against the #Redskins, led by— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) November 4, 2016
Shawn Williams $24,309 (spearing) and $9,115 (facemask)
Dre Kirkpatrick also fined $18,231 for horse collar, and,Maquis Flowers fined $9,115 for unnecessary roughness.#Bengals— Jay Morrison (@JayMorrisonCMG) November 4, 2016
Kirkpatrick’s fine was reportedly for a horse collar. Kirkpatrick has already been fined this season for a facemask penalty in the Patriots game, which may explain the high value of his fine this week.
The reasons for Williams’ fines were spearing and a facemask. The facemask was not flagged and was committed during a Jamison Crowder fourth quarter touchdown that gave the Redskins a 24-20 lead.
“I don’t know how that’s not called,” the FOX announcer said during the game when Williams committed the facemask.
Here’s an image of the facemask, too. It was clear and it was not flagged during the game, so, per the NFL rules, the fine was deserved.
Flowers received a penalty in the fourth quarter on a punt return when he had an illegal block above the waist, after recovering a fumble that Adam Jones dropped on the return. That was likely the cause of his fine. The Bengals would go on to punt on the ensuing drive.
Money collected by the NFL as a result of player fines is donated to charity. All three players can appeal their fines.