Saints, coaches and player fined over $500K by NFL

The NFL has fined the New Orleans Saints, several of the team’s coaches and defensive end Cameron Jordan more than half a million dollars for faking an injury during the team’s loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday Night Football , sources told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday.

The Saints were fined $350,000, head coach Dennis Allen $100,000, co-defensive coordinator Ryan Nielsen $50,000 and Jordan $50,000 for their role in the fourth-quarter delay. All parties plan to appeal their fines, the sources added.

“The @NFL’s biggest fine to date came in yesterday…added stress for no reason,” Jordan said wrote on his Twitter account on Saturday morning.

In a new tweet an hour later, Jordan wrote: “Agent told me about it and at first I laughed and thought this is ridiculous – definitely made it worse. Then he told me what the fine was and I’ve been upset ever since.”

The team denied the NFL’s claim in a statement released Saturday, while also addressing Jordan’s alleged injury.

“The New Orleans Saints deny any allegation of intentionally delaying Monday night’s game. Defensive end Cameron Jordan suffered from foot pain after a third game and sought medical attention. He entered the blue medical tent and was examined by medical staff and followed up On examination he was recorded and was able to complete the game.The following day an MRI was performed in New Orleans and it was confirmed that he had an acute metatarsal sprain in his left foot.He was treated at the facility every day for his injury sustained during of the play. The Saints will appeal the penalties on the right track and believe the allegations will be proven false.”

The Buccaneers were third and 17th in the fourth quarter, trailing 16-3. Jordan ran towards Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and hit the ground trying to sack him. Jordan quickly got back up, took a few steps and looked at the touchline, then got down on one knee and appeared to be pointing at his leg while Brady stayed on the field in fourth.

Brady initially seemed about to try for fourth when Jordan left the field with athletic trainers and went to the sidelines, but the Bucs eventually poked. Jordan entered the injury tent but returned to the game and entered the game four games on the Bucs’ next offensive drive.

Jordan told ESPN that the injury in question was real and that he initially thought he could hobble, but he took a knee when he felt he couldn’t push off his left foot. He said he felt good later after getting up and walking away.

“Are fines issued by nfl publicly available? I just feel like this should be public knowledge,” Jordan wrote on Twitter. “Because some of the fines are silly, but this 1…ridiculous. Anyway & for what ‘deliberate action to delay game’ before a TM stabs? The NFL just wanted a new Patek Aquanaut or Summ … not mine. “

https://www.espn.com/nfl/story/_/id/35225422/sources-saints-coaches-player-fined-500k-nfl Saints, coaches and player fined over $500K by NFL

Emma Bowman

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