Dallas Cowboys linebacker Justin Durant was fined for a tackle on Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Week 6, according to ESPN’s Rob Demovsky.
Durant was fined $9,115 for a facemask penalty on Rodgers, one of the star quarterbacks in the league. It was an awkward play, where Rodgers seemed to duck himself right into Durant. A facemask penalty is pretty straight forward and it was warranted, but it didn’t seem particularly egregious on Durant’s part.
Either way, the league is getting more strict when it comes to fining players for personal foul penalties, and facemask falls under that category. If the NFL felt the penalty was unwarranted, they wouldn’t have issued a fine even if there is no way to reverse the penalty itself.
Durant has struggled this season, but the tackle on Rodgers, sans the facemask, was nearly a huge play as it occurred on a third down. Fortunately for the Cowboys, it didn’t make a huge difference and they are 5-1 to start to the season.