Rams-Panthers fracas draws slew of fines from NFL

Listen up, children: Fighting can be pricey.

A slew of players have been fined from Sunday's fracas between the Panthers and Rams, led by St. Louis pass rusher Chris Long, who was docked $15,750 by the NFL for throwing a punch in the Rams' 30-15 loss to Carolina, per NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport.

Long was ejected for his role in a third-quarter scrum that involved Panthers receiver Steve Smith and saw the Rams defender showered with insults and debris as he made his way to the locker room:

The league also docked Panthers defensive back Mike Mitchell $7,875 for taunting after a hit on Sam Bradford that led to the quarterback tearing his ACL. Mitchell shoved Bradford out of bounds before puffing out his chest and raising his arms to the sky.

The league also docked Rams offensive lineman Harvey Dahl $7,875 for a late hit and receiver Brian Quick $7,875 for unnecessary roughness, per Rapoport. Smith also was billed $7,875 for an unnecessary roughness call.

Other notable fines:

» Rapoport reported that Redskins linebacker Brian Orakpo was docked $15,750 for roughing the passer in Washington's 45-41 win over the Chicago Bears.

»Broncos defensive lineman Kevin Vickerson was fined $10,000 for striking an opponent in the leg area during a special teams play in Denver's 39-33 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, per Rapoport.

» Rapoport also reports Ravens pass rusher Elvis Dumervil was fined $7,875 for a late hit in Baltimore's 19-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

»Patriots defensive back Logan Ryan was fined $10,000 for his post-interception, crotch-grab celebration in New England's 30-27 loss to the New York Jets. Rapoport adds that Ryan has apologized to his mom for the incident. So, there's hope yet for humanity.

»Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson's fine for his hit on Titans quarterback Jake Locker in Week 4 has been rescinded by the league, Wilkerson told the New York Daily News.

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