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Giants DE Olivier Vernon Hit with Big Fine on Hit on Bears QB Jay Cutler

Olivier Vernon

It was bad enough that Giants defensive end Olivier Vernon was assessed a dubious penalty in last Sunday’s 22-16 win over the Bears. On Friday, the NFL added insult to injury by hitting Vernon with an $18,231 fine, Dan Duggan of the Newark Star-Ledger reports citing a source.

The fine amount is the minimum for a roughing the passer penalty.

On the second play of the win over the Bears, Vernon broke through the line and leveled Jay Cutler with a form tackle as the quarterback released the ball. The pass fell incomplete and Vernon got up to return to the Giants’ huddle while Cutler remained on the turf in pain.

After a brief delay, referee Craig Wrolstad threw a flag. Wrolstad announced a roughing the passer penalty on Vernon to the shock of the Giants and their 78,898 fans at MetLife Stadium. Wrolstad said the penalty was for “driving the quarterback into the ground with his full weight.”


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