Bucs’ Jordan Whitehead fined more than $26K for Baker Mayfield hit

Tampa Bay’s rookie safety got tagged with a hefty fine for his hit on Cleveland’s Baker Mayfield.

The NFL fined Jordan Whitehead $26,739 for unnecessary roughness against the Browns’ quarterback Sunday.

The league said Whitehead should have been penalized for striking Mayfield on the side of the helmet during the Buccaneers’ 26-23 overtime win.

The hit occurred when Mayfield was sliding at the end of a 35-yard run. Whitehead was initially penalized before the officials gathered and decided to pick up the flag. First-year referee Shawn Hochuli announced in game that Mayfield “was still a runner and therefore is allowed to be hit in the head,” according to ESPN.

In the latest NFL officiating video Al Riveron reviews the Jordan Whitehead Tackle / Hit vs Baker Mayfield:
Remember: The flag got picked up and Shawn Hochuli explained it with these words:
»The Quarterback was still a runner and therefore is allowed to be hit in the head […] « pic.twitter.com/vizCRIv1sK

It was just one of many fines handed down from the the league after Week 7. 

Carolina safety Eric Reid drew a $10,026 fine for unnecessary roughness for his hit on Philadelphia tight end Zach Ertz.

Bengals defensive back Shawn Williams was fined $20,054 for unnecessary roughness for a helmet-to-helmet hit against the Chiefs. It’s Williams’ second fine after drawing a $10,026 penalty for a Week 1 hit on Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.

Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert was fined $10,026 for a chop block and Cowboys guard Connor Williams was also fined $10,026 for the same offense.

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