May 18, 2024


Slater was not flagged on the play on the time, however the NFL cited pointless roughness as the explanation for the advantageous.

Matthew Slater was impacted by the NFL’s gameday accountability fines for Week 9. (AP Photograph/Greg M. Cooper)
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The NFL launched its Week 9 fines on Saturday, and Patriots captain Matthew Slater was amongst these impacted.

The play he drew a advantageous for occurred late within the fourth quarter when the Patriots have been receiving a punt from the Commanders. Slater made an try to dam the defender with what seemed to be shoulder-on-shoulder contact, which really knocked Slater off his personal ft.

The Patriots particular teamer was not flagged on the play, however was given a $14,819 advantageous for pointless roughness.

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There didn’t seem like a lot hazard on the play to warrant such a advantageous, though Slater’s block did happen about 5 yards away from the play.

Former NFL gamers, along with followers, imagine that the NFL is ramping up its fines the season on performs that is likely to be associated to participant security, questioning whether or not a few of these fines are mandatory.

Former Defensive Participant of the Yr J.J. Watt is among the many former gamers with quite a bit to say on the problem. In a social media put up earlier in November, Watt stated the NFL is “stealing cash from guys” in a response to Baltimore Ravens fullback Patrick Ricard receiving a $21,694 pointless roughness advantageous for what gave the impression to be a routine block.

Watt additionally appeared on “The Pat McAfee Present” this week, citing much more examples of participant fines he disagreed with.

“I’ve been on the opposite finish of those fines, I’ve gotten a few of these fines, and there’s a few of them which have been legit, there’s little question about it,” Watt stated. “However what’s occurring now, these performs that we’re fining guys for and we’re taking tens of hundreds of {dollars} out of their pockets, due to routine soccer performs — issues that occur all through the course of the sport — it’s mind-blowing to me.”

It appeared Slater was making a routine soccer play, although the NFL is cracking down on security measures to make certain it protects its gamers as a lot as attainable.