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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Now that defensive end Everson Griffen has been fined, the Minnesota Vikings won't be any more pleased with the NFL over what it felt was a penalty on a clean play in last Sunday's loss to Green Bay.
The NFL announced Friday that Griffen will lose 15,750 for a roughing-the-passer penalty on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers late in the second quarter of a 23-14 loss. Minnesota immediately took issue with the penalty, which negated an interception by Jared Allen that would have given the Vikings the ball at the Green Bay 18-yard line with a chance to open up a bigger lead before halftime.
Griffen hit Rodgers a step late after the NFL MVP released the pass. He didn't appear to take more than one step, and he hit Rodgers in the shoulder area, not on the helmet. Several Vikings' players were still steamed about the call after the loss. But the league must have felt Griffen was too late or hit Rodgers too high.
As part of an ever-growing list of fines in the NFL this season, Minnesota has had its share, with Harrison Smith, Chad Greenway and Jasper Brinkley all being docked 21,000 for hits the NFL deemed to be unnecessary or dangerous.
Meanwhile, Packers cornerback Tramon Williams was fined 21,000 for an unnecessary roughness penalty in the same game. He delivered a helmet-to-helmet hit on Vikings running back Toby Gerhart late in the third quarter when Gerhart went high for a pass.
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