The NFL fined Colts safety Melvin Bullitt $5,000 for his hit on Jets QB Mark Sanchez during last Sunday’s AFC Championship Game, according to the Indianapolis Star.
Jets coach Rex Ryan called the third-quarter hit a “cheap shot” and nearly drew an unsportsmanlike-conduct penalty because of his demonstrative performance after the play. NFL vice president of officiating Mike Pereira said Wednesday that the hit should have drawn a flag.
Sanchez handed the ball off to RB Thomas Jones, but Bullitt said he was fooled by the quarterback, thinking it was a play-action fake.
“Five thousand dollars, that hurts,” Bullitt said. “I understand (Ryan) being mad because that’s his quarterback, but I didn’t try to hurt him. I was just playing football. I didn’t know if he had the ball or not. I was coming from behind.”