New York Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson and outside linebacker Quinton Coples were both hit with fines after injuring Jake Locker in the team's 38-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans. The hit wasn't especially hard, nor late, but Locker ended up going down with injuries to his hip and knee and was carted off the field. Titans head coach Mike Munchak wasn't happy about the play and spoke with the NFL about it. For his part, Jake Locker said that he didn't think the hit was vicious or with any bad intent on the part of the Jets.
The NFL decided to fine Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples for their hits that ended up injuring Jake Locker in the New York Jets' 38-13 loss to the Tennessee Titans. Muhammad Wilkerson was hit with a $15,750 fine, while Quinton Coples was fined $7,875. Both players are expected to appeal their fines.
Jake Locker was injured on the play and was carted off the field. Muhammad Wilkerson did appear to be slightly late when he made contact, but the play didn't seem malicious. When Wilkerson delivered the blow, Locker fell away towards Quinton Coples, who delivered a small shot as well.
"I didn't feel like that on the field and after watching it, you know, it wasn't anything malicious, I didn't feel like," Locker told The Star-Ledger. "I kind of got bounced into the second guy. I didn't feel like they were out to get me, no."
Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak isn't on the same page as his quarterback. Munchak contacted the league to talk about the play. Apparently the NFL agreed with Mike Munchak's take, as evidenced by the fines handed out.
Jake Locker could end up being out until Week 9. Any hit that forces a quarterback to miss time is going to upset that team and the NFL is going to err on the side of player safety. Muhammad Wilkerson and Quinton Coples are set to pay the price (literally), pending their appeals.
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