Jenkins fined $15,000 for 'fighting and clawing'

Posted: September 22, 2011

Eagles defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins found the dreaded FedEx envelope from the NFL in his locker cubicle yesterday.

Jenkins discovered he had been fined $15,000 for a helmet-to-helmet hit, which happened when Jenkins sacked the Falcons' Matt Ryan in Sunday's game.

Jenkins said a blocker was holding his legs as he lunged forward to try to tackle Ryan.

"You're fighting and clawing to try to get to the quarterback. Really, what are you supposed to do?" Jenkins asked. "This and that is being done to you and you're like, 'Man, I'm just trying to get him down.' "

Jenkins said he probably will not appeal.

"It's just funny to me that you can throw a punch and not be fined that much," he said. "In fact, I should've just gone up and punched the stew out of him and gotten fined less."

- Les Bowen

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