Green Bay, WI
Green Bay Packers LB Clay Matthews insists that a quick background check shows he is not a dirty player, contrary to what San Francisco 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh is trying to suggest.
It was Matthews' first session with reporters since Harbaugh described Matthews' hit on 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick as a "clothesline to the neck area when our quarterback's six, seven feet out of bounds."
But Matthews said he could recall being fined only once during his career for an on-field incident -- a facemask penalty against Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in 2010 that resulted in a $5,000 fine.
"I think my resume is pretty good right now," Matthews said. "I think we're doing all right."
Nonetheless, Matthews conceded it was not a smart play.
Matthews has been fined $15,000 for last Sunday's hit on Kaepernick in the second quarter of the game, which the 49ers won, 34-28.
NFL fines Bucs safety Dashon Goldson $30K for hit on defenseless player
New York, NY
The NFL has fined Tampa Bay Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson $30,000 for "unnecessarily striking a defenseless player in the head and neck area" during their 18-17 loss to the New York Jets Sunday.
During that game, Goldson was called for a personal foul for his hit on New York tight end Jeff Cumberland.
The league also slapped a $7,875 fine on Tampa Bay linebacker Lavonte David for hitting Jets quarterback Geno Smith out of bounds.
Bucs safety Mark Barron escaped punishment from the league despite his hard hit on wide receiver Jeremy Kerley, who suffered a concussion on the play.
According to the league, Barron didn't strike with his head. During the game, Barron was penalized for unnecessary roughness.
Jets safety Dawan Landry was fined $21,000 for unnecessary roughness when he struck a defenseless Bucs wide receiver Mike Williams in the head and neck area after he caught a 17-yard touchdown.