In a move surprising no one, the NFL reportedly is fining Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Bud Dupree $18,231 for his hit on Dolphins quarterback Matt Moore in Sunday’s wild-card game.
Dupree told ESPN, which first reported the fine, he likely would appeal.
Midway through the second quarter, Moore was rocked in the jaw by the crown of Dupree’s helmet. Although the hit elicited gasps throughout Heinz Field, Moore missed only one play before being cleared by doctors to return to play.
Moore, however, then turned the ball over three times during Miami’s 30-12 loss.
The NFL announced it is investigating to assure concussion protocol was followed when Moore was cleared to return to the game. If the Dolphins are found to be in violation of league policy, they could be fined or docked draft picks under an agreement between the NFL and the NFL Players Association that went into effect this season.
Moore’s agent, Lynn Lashbrook, said he’s confident protocol was followed.