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Joshua Morgan Fined For Throwing Ball At Cortland Finnegan
(Originally posted 9/21/12, 4:25 p.m.; Updated 9/21/12, 4:36 p.m.)
ASHBURN – An NFL spokesman confirmed on Friday the league fined Joshua Morgan for throwing the football at Cortland Finnegan late in the Washington Redskins’ 31-28 loss at St. Louis on Sunday.
Morgan was fined $7,875 by the league, officially for unsportsmanlike conduct, when he reacted to Finnegan’s shove after play had ended. Morgan had gained seven yards on third-and-8 and set the Redskins up for a potential fourth-and-one conversion with 1:18 remaining, but his actions drew a flag and a 15-yard penalty and kicker Billy Cundiff missed a 62-yard field goal short that could have tied the score.
The receiver said on Wednesday he was fined by the league, but he said he didn’t know how much because he hadn’t yet looked at the paperwork.
Morgan wasn’t the only Redskins player fined for his actions Sunday. Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander was docked $15,750 for unnecessary roughness on his horse collar tackle on Rams receiver Danny Amendola during a punt return with 13:25 to play in the fourth quarter.
And Rams cornerback Janoris Jenkins was also fined $15,750 by the league for unnecessary roughness after his hit on Redskins tight end Fred Davis with 4:54 to play. Davis was trying to make a catch when Jenkins hit him, driving his right shoulder into Davis’ sternum as the tight end was landing.
The league didn’t rule it a helmet-to-helmet hit, as Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan insisted, but did confirm Jenkins hit a defenseless receiver.
An NFL spokesman also confirmed to The Washington Times that Rams defensive end Robert Quinn was fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness for striking Redskins left tackle Trent Williams in the head, and left guard Quinn Ojinaka was fined $7,875 for unnecessary roughness for hitting linebacker London Fletcher late.
Notable plays that did not draw fines include Rams linebacker Jo-Lonn Dunbar striking Robert Griffin III in the head after the quarterback threw the ball away in the first quarter and Redskins cornerback Josh Wilson hitting Rams running back Daryl Richardson helmet-to-helmet with 4:11 remaining in the third quarter