Ed “Pi Double i” Henderson
Aaron Donald, 2017 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, and who signed a six-year $136M extension, will have to fork out a bit of pocket change to the league.
The league fined the fifth-year defensive tackle of the Los Angeles Rams $23,395 for player conduct penalties he received against the Seattle Seahawks last week.
Donald recovered a potential sack fumble by Dante Fowler on Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson and ran up the sideline with the return. Donald ended up out of bounds where at once, Seahawks starting center Justin Britt, blatantly hit Donald from behind knocking him to the ground. Donald then quickly ran to Britt as a scuffle ensued between the two players as head coach Sean McVay dashed over his player to help calm him down.
At the conclusion of the game as the players were shaking hands, Donald could be seen removing his shoulder pads and jersey, then replacing his helmet on his head, and running back out toward the middle of the field. Donald then spotted Britt and approached him with a few choice words, and Donald then would be seen locking up with Britt. Tempers flared once again as the players were separated and Donald escorted toward the visitor's locker room.
The actions by Britt wasn’t the first time he’s hit a Rams player late after a whistle. In the Rams week five matchup against the Seahawks, video replay showed Britt hitting Nikel Robey-Coleman late after a play in Seattle. Besides the point, Donald had to inform the 6’6” 315lb. The lineman that bullying madness didn’t work with him at all.
The fines imposed against Donald were his first scuffle with Britt was for $10,026, and his post-game antics fined an additional amount of $13,369. The league also imposed a fine against Britt for $20,034 and recently acquired Rams linebacker Dante Fowler was fined $10,054 for the facemask penalty on Wilson. Ndamukong Suh reportedly was fined $20,054 for a late hit on he delivered on Wilson.