Matt Slauson fined $10K for block on Brian Cushing


Wade Phillips was right: New York Jets guard Matt Slauson's hit on Houston Texans linebacker Brian Cushing wasn't necessary.

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Fox Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer reported Thursday that the NFL fined Slauson $10,000 for his peel-back block, which tore Cushing's anterior cruciate ligament and knocked him out for the season. It's the standard fine for such an offense, although a source told The Associated Press that Slauson, who defended the block as legal, will appeal.

A peel-back block is one that occurs from behind and below the waist. A rule change was implemented in 2005 to make such blocks illegal, and Slauson should have received a 15-yard penalty on the play.

The fine won't make Cushing feel much better, but it sounds like the appropriate punishment.

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