On Saturday, it was announced that Bengals wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. was fined $43,709 for a special teams hit in the contest.
Bengals’ Stanley Morgan was fined $43,709 for this hit on special teams. He was flagged, but fined $1 less than Derwin James — who had the largest fine of the week. pic.twitter.com/YSMEHXkHeF— Arye Pulli (@AryePulli) November 18, 2023
Couple the fact that the returner was headed out of bounds with the fact that Morgan appears to lower his head and lead with the crown of his helmet, and this play, unfortunately, has “fine” written all over it.
Morgan, who had spent the season on the practice squad before getting called up for the contests in Weeks 9 and 10, receives the second-largest fine of the week from the NFL.
As the media and NFL continue to look in to “hip drop” tackles, which is the latest hot topic, they will still continue to review and issue fines for these types of plays.
Morgan does have the right to appeal the fine or get it reduced.