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Matthews fined $15,750 for defenseless hit

Dec. 6, 2013
 
Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews celebrates sacking Minnesota Vikings' Christian Ponder in the first quarter. File/Press-Gazette Media
Green Bay Packers' Clay Matthews celebrates sacking Minnesota Vikings' Christian Ponder in the first quarter. File/Press-Gazette Media

The fines keep piling up for Clay Matthews – even if they don’t always stick.

The Green Bay Packers outside linebacker racked up his third fine of the 2013 season – this time for $15,750 – for hitting a defenseless receiver with his helmet in 40-10 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thanksgiving.

It came midway through the third quarter on an uncalled hit on Detroit running Joique Bell that actually helped break up a second-down pass from Matthew Stafford.

Matthews was fined $15,000 for an unnecessary roughness hit on San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the season opener, but later had it cut in half. He had his Week 10 hit on Philadelphia quarterback Nick Foles wiped out entirely.

An NFL spokesperson also confirmed Packers cornerback Tramon Williams was fined $26,250 for abusive conduct toward an official. He plans to appeal.

Lions linebacker DeAndre Levy was also fined $15,750 for striking a defensive player (Packers tight end Ryan Taylor) in the head.

Detroit receiver Kris Durham was fined $7,875 for pulling Williams down by the opening of his helmet following an interception. Safety Glover Quin was also docked $7,875 for a late hit on Jordy Nelson.

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