UPDATE (3:35 PM EST) - Sheil Kapadia notes that Cox was NOT fined for this horse collar tackle. He was fined for a hit on Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne.
Fletcher Cox said he was fined for a hit on Henne in the fourth quarter, not the horse-collar tackle on the RB.— Sheil Kapadia (@SheilKapadia) September 12, 2014
According to Bob Grotz of the Delaware County Daily Times, Philadelphia Eagles defensive end Fletcher Cox has been fined for a horse collar tackle on Jacksonville Jaguars running back Toby Gerhart. Grotz notes the fine is priced at $16,537.
The play occurred with 23 seconds remaining in the first half of the Eagles-Jaguars Week 1 game. Gerhart ran received a hand-off and ran left, only to be tackled by Cox. The way Gerhart went down didn't look good and the Jacksonville runner ended up leaving the game with an ankle injury. Gerhart returned in the second half, however.
Cox, who maintains it wasn't a horse collar tackle, told Grotz that he plans on appealing the fine. Cox may have a good case for himself. Watch the play below:
I can see why the game official, who was standing behind the play, threw a flag. It may have looked like a horse collar tackle based on the way Gerhart was brought down. But upon replay, it really just looks like a legal tackle. Cox's left hand isn't grabbing the inside of Gerhart's collar. It looks like Cox merely has a fistful of Gerhart's upper jersey in his hand.
Cox was fined $7,875 in 2013 for a late hit on Washington quarterback Robert Griffin III. That fine was much more legitimate.