Miami Dolphins wide receiver Jarvis Landry doesn’t yet know if he’ll be suspended for his crack-back block that sent Buffalo Bills safety Aaron Williams to the hospital on Sunday, but he has been notified that he’s being fined.
The league sent Landry a notice on Tuesday stating that he will have to pay the league $24,309 for the incident, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Thursday. The hit came on a running play and drew a 15-yard penalty during Miami’s 28-25 upset victory.
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Landry told Pro Football Talk on Thursday that he has yet to receive the letter.
The hit drew ire from around the league as the NFL continues to grapple with fears over player safety. Bills coach Rex Ryan called the hit “unsportsmanlike” and suggested that the Dolphins’ star receiver should have been ejected from the game.
NFL head of officiating Dean Blandino said Wednesday that Landry wasn’t removed from the game because the officials were unable to determine whether the hit had malicious intent or was simply over-executed.
“It’s certainly a foul,” Blandino said. “It’s certainly something that we’ll review for potential discipline, but it’s still a football play, and it’s tough to read intent there. That’s why the officials kept him in the game. It’s not an automatic ejection. It’s up to the discretion of the crew and they didn’t feel like it was flagrant enough to throw the player out of the game.”
The college game contains a rule for targeting, which comes with an automatic ejection when assessed. The NFL has yet to adopt such a hard-and-fast policy.
Landry is leading Miami in receiving yards for the second straight season, having logged 572 through the team’s 3-4 start. The third-year wideout and his team are on a bye this week, and Landry is still waiting to hear whether he will be suspended for the hit.