The very first game of the NFL season has delivered some of the first fines.
Bill Voth of the Black and Blue review reports that Carolina Panthers offensive lineman Trai Turner was fined $9,115.
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He was seen jumping up and down rapidly right next to Denver Broncos cornerback Chris Harris Jr after Kelvin Benjamin caught a touchdown pass, and put the Panthers up 7-0 halfway through the first quarter. Turner received a 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the play and the Panthers lost the game 21-20. Taunting penalties come with an automatic fine.
Voth also said in the story that Turner plans to appeal the fine.
Other fines divided out were for some of the helmet-to-helmet hits on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. Broncos safety Darian Stewart and linebacker Brandon Marshall were both fined $18,231 and $24,309 respectively.
This year was supposed to a breakout for Turner. He was featured on one of the regional covers for Sports Illustrated’s NFL preview issue. In 2015 he made the Pro Bowl and recorded one of the best highlights of the season, putting Houston Texans All-Pro defender J.J. Watt right on his back.
He was drafted by the Panthers in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft. Turner entered the draft with only 20 starts at LSU.