What Minnesota defensive end Jared Allen did to Houston quarterback Matt Schaub was worse than what New England defensive tackle Vince Wilfork did to Denver quarterback Jay Cutler.
At least in the opinion of the NFL.
The NFL fined Allen a whopping $50,000 for two plays considered roughing the passer, a league official confirmed Friday. In both instances, he struck the opposing quarterback below the knee area.
A league spokesman said Allen’s actions violated Rule 12, Section 2, Article 12(5) of the NFL Official Playing Rules: “A rushing defender who has an unrestricted path to the passer from any direction is prohibited from forcibly hitting the passer in the knee area or below.”
In the letter to Allen, NFL Director of Football Operations Gene Washington noted that Allen was previously fined $5,000 on Oct. 19 for another late hit.