NFL fines Loadholt, Martin and Ratliff

Posted Sept. 17, 2010, at 4:18 p.m.
Last modified Sept. 17, 2010, at 5:43 p.m.

NEW YORK — The NFL fined several players Friday for misconduct during Week 1 games, including Minnesota Vikings offensive tackle Phil Loadholt $10,000 for two unnecessary roughness penalties in their game against New Orleans.

Tennessee linebacker Stephen Tulloch was fined $7,500, and Houston running back Arian Foster and cornerback Glover Quin were fined $5,000 each. New England defensive back Patrick Chung, Denver defensive end Ryan McBean, Carolina safety Sherrod Martin and Dallas nose tackle Jay Ratliff also were fined $5,000 each. All the fines were for unnecessary roughness.

Loadholt was disciplined for twice grabbing a Saints’ face mask, in the second and fourth quarters of the game Sept. 9, while Tulloch was fined for a horsecollar tackle.

The penalty for Foster, who rushed for a franchise record 231 yards and three touchdowns, stemmed from the end of his 42-yard run in the fourth quarter, when he grabbed Colts safety Antoine Bethea’s facemask. Foster was not penalized during the game.

Quin was fined for hitting Reggie Wayne in the head and neck area after Wayne’s 22-yard reception in the first quarter. Quin was flagged for a 15-yard personal foul.

Martin was cited for unnecessary roughness on the hit Sunday that gave New York Giants tight end Kevin Boss a concussion, and Ratliff was penalized for roughing the passer in the Cowboys’ game against Washington, unnecessarily hitting Donovan McNabb in the knee area.

Chung was fined for striking an opponent late on a pass play, and McBean was fined for grabbing an opponent’s facemask on a pass play.

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