Broncos S Darian Stewart punished for huge hit on Raiders WR Amari Cooper
Denver Broncos safety Darian Stewart was fined $24,309 on Thursday for a massive hit on Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper during a Week 12 matchup on Sunday, according to Mike Klis of 9News in Denver.
Late in the first half with the Broncos trailing the Raiders 7-0, Cooper went over the middle and was met by Stewart just outside the 10-yard line. The resulting collision left Cooper motionless and Stewart was penalized on the play.
After the game, Raiders coach Jack Del Rio singled Stewart out, calling the hit vicious and claiming that he was clearly targeting Cooper’s head. However, he walked those comments back a bit after watching the extended replays and noticing that Cooper did duck his head late, changing the strike zone for Stewart.
Earlier this week, Stewart claimed that he’d be appealing any fine handed out for the hit and he primary argument will be over what Stewart could have done differently given Cooper’s movement on the play. However, at the moment, it appears the NFL is maintaining that the catastrophic nature of the hit was something they couldn’t let go unpunished given their current battle to make the game safer.
Stewart has previously been fined on three separate occasions by the NFL.