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November 18, 2011

Three Panthers fined for actions vs. Titans

The chippiness that upset Panthers coach Ron Rivera at the end of last week's 30-3 loss to Tennessee has resulted in a number of fines, including three levied against his players.

Panthers offensive tackles Jordan Gross and Byron Bell and defensive end Charles Johnson each were fined $7,500 for unnecessary roughness, according to the league office.

Bell was fined for grabbing the facemask of a Titans' defensive player who had beaten Bell around the edge. Gross and Johnson were docked for hitting an opponent in the face.

Gross' hit was in retaliation to Titans defensive end William Hayes knocking Panthers center Ryan Kalil down from behind.

Johnson shoved Tennessee offensive tackle David Stewart in the facemask after an incomplete third-down pass, drawing a flag that gave the Titans a first down.

Tennessee safety Michael Griffin was fined $7,500 for unnecessary roughness for striking an opponent late and in the head area with his helmet.

--Joseph Person


Posted by Observer Sports on November 18, 2011 at 03:47 PM | Permalink


Dang it feels good to be a gansta...

Posted by: Speb Devio | Nov 18, 2011 4:14:13 PM

My Lord! Are they going to start fining players for sneezing on the field?

Posted by: Mike | Nov 18, 2011 4:16:54 PM

i fully expected steve smith to be 1 of the 3.

Posted by: charlottean | Nov 18, 2011 4:21:39 PM

But he wsn't.

Posted by: Real Panther | Nov 18, 2011 5:10:08 PM

I mean, but he wasn't.

Posted by: Real Panther | Nov 18, 2011 5:10:41 PM

who got fined for the blow to the head on Hasselbeck?

Posted by: joe cool | Nov 18, 2011 5:28:49 PM

Can't play football on the field so whoop asp off the field.

Posted by: Plowboy | Nov 18, 2011 5:56:18 PM

Joe Cool, the announcers made it very clear that they thought the penalty for the "hit" on Hasselbeck was pure BS... so the lack of fine only supports that view!

Posted by: John - Harrisburg, NC | Nov 18, 2011 6:42:20 PM

The NFL is getting out of hand with the fines, isn't the penalty enough? $7500 for a penalty that is flagged and no one is hurt? What kind of league are they creating?

This would be like fining an office worker $75 for slamming down the phone or smacking the jammed up copy machine.

Posted by: Sportsdon | Nov 18, 2011 6:56:04 PM

League has to pay for that office Christmas party somehow.....

Posted by: eduardo | Nov 18, 2011 7:14:40 PM

In case you haven't noticed, the NFL is systematically turning the league soft, no more kickoff returns, you can't touch the QB anymore, etc, etc...
Not to mention the new practice rules which prevent players from getting into football shape.
Why all this?? To prevent older disgruntled players from trying to sue the NFL after their careers are over because the have worn out bodies.

Posted by: Kenny | Nov 18, 2011 7:38:04 PM

Gamble is having his best season in YEARS. Unfortunately, Gamble isn't capable of tackling his grandmother. Scardey cat.

Posted by: Steve Holbrook | Nov 18, 2011 11:32:48 PM

This was 2 small market teams..... had it been NY Jets/Giants and Panthers, what would have happened(idiot question)??????????

Anyway blah, blah! Really tell us what would have happened or not have happened(more like)!

Posted by: 10-4!! | Nov 19, 2011 12:14:43 AM

So called star Newton should have been fined a million for sucking so badly but everyone appreciates how suck that loser is. NFL teams are hoping the Carolina Pansies do not change a thing since its a sure W when they play him.

The Motown Lions will not break Newtons neck. Dont worry. They wouldnt want to jeopardize their chances of winning if he was replaced. The league really likes that loser. He is lucky being the only QB in the league getting soft sacked and soft tackled when he runs. As long as he cooperates and loses that will continue. Otherwise he will get hurt.

Posted by: Suh | Nov 19, 2011 7:03:58 AM

Suh? I thought you was told to go to bed and stop bothering people. Sorry everyone, my son is a brat and still a child, forgive him please.

Posted by: Suh's Daddy | Nov 19, 2011 10:22:11 AM

sure wished suh played for us

Posted by: bull123 | Nov 19, 2011 10:49:58 AM

After the blowout in Liontown and next Sundays loss to the 0-10 Colts in Indy who just switched to a better QB, the 2-9 Cats will be null & void.

No way in hell they win any of the final 5 vs TB x2, Texs, Falcs, & Saints and may get the #1 pick again in Feb.

Will JR stick with Newton and risk a 3rd 2-14 season since he's lost his value or go with Luck? Thats the 10 mill$ question.

Posted by: machiavelli | Nov 19, 2011 2:01:05 PM

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