TSN TV Schedule TSN2 TV Schedule
NFL

Jets' Wilkerson, Coples confirm NFL fines for hits on Locker

{eot}
The Canadian Press
10/3/2013 5:18:38 PM
Decrease Text SizeIncrease Text Size
Text Size

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- New York Jets defensive linemen Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples are appealing their fines by the NFL for their hits on Tennessee's Jake Locker.

Wilkerson was docked $15,785 for roughing the passer, while Coples was fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness. Both were surprised at the fines, especially since no penalties were called on the field.

"I was going to appeal, regardless," Wilkerson said Thursday. "It didn't matter the amount. If it was $5,000, I still would've appealed. I don't think it was a dirty hit. I don't think I should've gotten fined."

Locker was hit by both Wilkerson and Coples in the third quarter of Tennessee's 38-13 win Sunday after he threw a pass. Locker was carted off the field and expected to miss a few weeks with a sprained right hip and knee.

Wilkerson made contact first after he took a step and smacked into Locker just after he released the football. Coples then hit into Locker low -- "just a football play," he called it -- as the quarterback fell.

"The league felt like it was a personal foul or an inappropriate hit," Coples said. "But one thing about it is that it's up for debate, so I'm going to appeal it, and go forward from here."

Titans coach Mike Munchak called both hits "unnecessary."

"I thought the first one, he dropped his helmet into him and loaded onto him, which you're supposed to pull back when you're late. He didn't," Munchak said Monday. "The second one was totally unnecessary."

Locker, however, said he didn't think the hits were intentional, and neither player should be fined.

"I personally don't think it was a dirty hit," Wilkerson said. "He said it, so ..."

Added Coples: "He felt that same way, and that's a good thing."

Wilkerson insisted that being fined for the hit won't change how he approaches his style of play.

"I just play hard, physical football like I'm supposed to and how I was brought up and taught," Wilkerson said. "I'm going to continue to do that and play ball the way I know how to play ball."

Titans safety Michael Griffin said Wednesday that he was fined $21,000 by the league for his hit on Jets receiver Stephen Hill, who suffered a concussion. Griffin said he appealed the fine as soon as he received it. Hill's status for New York's game at Atlanta on Monday night was uncertain.

Muhammad Wilkerson (Photo: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

zoom

(Photo: Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
Share This

Share This

Add to FacebookAdd to DiggAdd to FarkAdd to TwitterAdd to Stumble UponAdd to Reddit
Print this Story


2014 NFL Draft

The Houston Texans selected defensive end Jadeveon Clowney first overall in the 2014 NFL Draft.


Round-by-Round Picks: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

Hall Of Fame

Ray Guy, Derrick Brooks, Walter Jones, Michael Strahan, Andre Reed, and Aeneas Williams, headlined this year's Hall of Fame class. More...

Podcasts

TSN 1050: Gamenight: July 22 - John Kryk

NFL Columnist John Kryk of Sun Media joins Gamenight to give his training camp rundown of the Buffalo Bills, New England Patriots and New York Giants.

TSN 1050 - Gameday: Matt Florjancic - July 6th

Matt Florjancic of WKYC Sports in Cleveland joined Andy McNamara to discuss the arrest of Josh Gordon, Johnny Manziel, and LeBron James.

TSN 1050: Game Night: Eric Macramella - June 18

TSN Radio Legal Analyst Eric Macramella joined Jim Tatti and Andy McNamara to talk Redskins and the trademark of the name being revoked.


More Podcasts

© 2014
All rights reserved.
Bell Media Television