Making fun of Tom Brady doesn't play well with the boys upstairs.
Detroit Lions defensive end Willie Young learned as much Friday when he was fined $7,875 for taunting the Patriots quarterback in a 40-9 preseason win over New England on Aug. 22, a league source told NFL.com's Ian Rapoport.
Other fines rolling in, according to Mr. RapSheet:
» Detroit's whipping of the Patriots was costly: Along with Young, four additional Lions were fined. Rapoport was told Nick Fairley was docked $7,875 for a late hit, while Ben Volin of The Boston Globe reported C.J. Mosley, Joseph Fauria and Rocky McIntosh also were hit with $7,875 fines for personal fouls.
» Carolina Panthers running back Armond Smith was ejected for kicking an opponent during an Aug. 22 preseason win over the Baltimore Ravens. On Friday, the league hit Smith with a $15,000 fine for the play.
» More bad luck for New York Jets quarterbacks: Matt Simms was hit with a $7,875 slap on the wrist for his ill-fated six-shooter-themed celebration in Gang Green's Snoopy Bowl win over the New York Giants on Aug. 24. Meanwhile, Jets offensive lineman Vladimir Ducasse was hit with a $7,875 bill for a leg whip against the G-Men. Naughty Jets.Around The League Podcast" is now available on iTunes! Click here to listen and subscribe.