DAVIE — That forearm that Dolphins cornerback Bobby McCain delivered to New England’s Danny Amendola is costing him $9,000.
McCain said he’s appealing the fine — his first of the kind — to the NFL.
“Just the fact it was a lot going on,” McCain said. “It was harm by both of us done. It was a lot of pushing and shoving, a lot of grabbing.”
But McCain isn’t claiming total innocence.
“Am I wrong? Yes,” McCain said. “Because it was after a play? Yes. I completely understand that. But there’s a lot of subjects we can touch.”
McCain said the only other fine he received was uniform-related.
McCain intercepted a Tom Brady pass intended for Amendola in the second quarter, but early in the third quarter, he was hit with an unnecessary roughness penalty for hitting Amendola after he was done, plus ejected for what officials said was a punch although replays indicated it was more of a forearm.
Nevertheless, defensive coordinator Matt Burke said, “I think Bobby has had a great season. I think he’s evolved obviously from the time we got here last year and really started going through the process. He’s emerged as one of our leaders.”