Arizona Cardinals defensive linemen Rodney Gunter and Calais Campbell were both fined $18,231 for hits on quarterback Cam Newton last week, according to an NFL source.
Gunter’s was a late hit flagged for unnecessary roughness, but Campbell’s went uncalled.
The below-the-knees takedown on Newton prompted a postgame rant in which the quarterback said “he didn’t feel safe” or adequately protected by referees.
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During Sunday’s rant, Newton said he would address the issue with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. He confirmed he did so this week.
According to ESPN’s Ed Werder, NFL officials later concluded that Campbell’s hit should have been flagged.
Carolina’s Leonard Johnson also was fined $9,115 for a sack (later whistled back) on Arizona quarterback Carson Palmer that took off the latter’s helmet.