There was a lot of controversy surrounding the end of the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers season-opener last Thursday. After hits on Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in the second half of the game, two Broncos have been slapped with fines from the NFL.
Newton went down on a helmet-to-helmet on the final drive of the game, a penalty that was negated by an intentional grounding call. Broncos safety Darian Stweart has been fined $18,231 for that hit, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Troy Renck of The Denver Post later reported that linebacker Brandon Marshall had been fined $24,000 for a hit on Newton in the third quarter. He was not penalized for his hit and the officials have since taken blame for their error.
Marshall will especially miss the money, after he lost a pair of sponsors for kneeling during the national anthem prior to the game.
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