To no surprise, the NFL announced that New York Giants starting offensive lineman Weston Richburg has been fined for his incredibly late hit on Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox. Richburg, a second round rookie out of Colorado State, was fined a total of $8,268. Richburg was flagged for unnecessary roughness during the game.
Believe it or not, Richburg actually defended his dirty hit immediately following the game. Richburg told reports "That's football."
Uh, no. That's not football. That's just an incredibly dirty and unnecessary cheap shot on a defenseless player. Richburg was clearly frustrated from being dominated by the Eagles all game. Philadelphia prevented the New York offense from scoring a single point and won the game by a score of 27-0.
To his credit, Richburg later acknowledged his mistake. He was also apparently reamed out by Giants head coach Tom Coughlin.
There's really just no room for Richburg's actions. Cox didn't end up being hurt, but that kind of play just shouldn't be tolerated. I would say that's grounds for ejection.
The other thing about this play is... why the heck would you want to mess with Fletcher Cox like this? The guy is a monster.
In any event, Richburg's $8,268 fine will cost him a whopping 1.97% of his 2014 salary.