New York (WOIO) - Big hits are one of the many reasons why fans pay money to watch their favorite NFL teams play every Sunday. Big hits are also the reason why some of the NFL's top players are paying money of their own this week.
On Friday afternoon, Green Bay Packers linebacker Clay Matthews was fined for his out-of-bounds hit against 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick late in the game last week. Matthews is not the only one getting fined. Detroit Lions defensive linemen Ndamukong Suh was fined $100,000 for hitting Vikings center John Sullivan low on an interception return during their game Sunday.
New York Jets center Nick Mangold is also under speculation for his hit against New England Patriots cornerback Aqib Talib. The Patriot cornerback intercepted the ball with less than a minute left in the game and Mangold ended the play with an extremely low hit to his legs. There have yet to be any fines or suspensions from the hit, but Jets head coach Rex Ryan maintains it was a clean hit.
"Nick went down, and the guy turned his back," Ryan said. "It wasn't intentional by any means; he tried to make a cut tackle. Talib went out of bounds, and all heck broke loose. Apparently our team was the only one involved."
With the NFL installing new rules to protect players from injury, there will continue to be speculation around what hits are legal. Suh, Mangold and Matthews are some of the first defensive stars to test the new rules this season.
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