The NFL fined Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Terence Garvin $25,000 Wednesday for the block that left Cincinnati Bengals punter Kevin Huber with a broken jaw and a cracked vertebrae, according to ESPN.
Garvin’s hit did not look that bad when you replayed it, but the crown of his helmet did touch the chin of Huber. So that is enough for the NFL to justify the fine.
Garvin leveled Huber on Antonio Brown’s 67-yard punt return for a touchdown Sunday night, and his helmet hit Huber’s chin. Both Garvin and the Steelers expected a fine for the hit that ended Huber’s season, but will appeal the decision.
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“I fell down on the play and I got up and saw A.B. coming towards me so I was like, ‘Oh, I’ve got to try and help him break on this play,’ ” Garvin said. “I wasn’t out there trying to be vicious. When you’re in the game you’re really just trying to make a play and help your team out.”