Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and Baltimore Ravens safety Ed Reed likely are facing fines this week for separate incidents in their respective Sunday games, according to a source with knowledge of the process.
Reed worried that his big hit on New York Giants wide receiver Victor Cruz during the Ravens' 33-14 win would draw a game suspension, similar to what had been the plan with a previous suspension that eventually was overturned upon review. While Reed won't be suspended, he most likely will feel a hit to his wallet.
Newton also is expected to be fined for touching an official during a 17-6 win over the Oakland Raiders. Newton was not ejected, but he drew an 15-yard unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. Newton apologized afterward, and even the official said after the game that it wasn't a big deal, noting he didn't eject the quarterback because the bump wasn't "of a malicious nature."