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Madieu Williams, DeJon Gomes Fined For Roughness Penalties

By ZAC BOYER

zboyer@freelancestar.com | @ZacBoyer

ASHBURN – The NFL fined Washington Redskins free safety Madieu Williams $21,000 for his hit on New Orleans tight end Jimmy Graham late in the Redskins’ 40-32 victory on Sunday, according to an NFL spokesman.

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Williams appeared to drive the top of his helmet into Graham’s facemask as the tight end came down from trying to make a catch with 2:57 left in the game. Graham couldn’t hold onto the ball with his left hand while covered by linebacker London Fletcher on a seam route, and Williams hit Graham shortly after the ball deflected off his left hand.

The free safety was called for a personal foul for unnecessary roughness, and a league spokesman said the fine was for helmet-to-helmet contact with a defenseless player. A $21,000 fine is the standard amount for a hit to the head or neck of a defenseless receiver.

Redskins strong safety DeJon Gomes was also penalized by the league for unnecessarily striking an opponent late, drawing a $7,875 fine. He drove a forearm to the head of New Orleans’ Darren Sproles after the running back was ruled down on a reception with 4:10 to play in the first quarter.

“I mean, I guess it could have went either way, and they called it, being cautious,” Gomes said. “I’ve got to be smart on that.”

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